Insouciant Studios Hyper Symphony earrings handmade from genuine, natural faceted pink Spinel in shades of peach, pink, fuchsia, lavender and gray with gorgeous lively sable hypersthene beads. These earrings are both subtle and stunning, and elegant mix of soft colors that will move effortlessly from day to night and from jeans to formal wear. 925 Sterling Silver construction and earwires. Very lightweight.
Total Length: 3 inches, ~ 7.5 cm
Total Width: ~1/4 inch, 7mm
Spinel (MgAl2O4) is a magnesium aluminum oxide mineral, with a hardness of 8 on the Mohs scale. It occurs in a range of colors, from colorless to black, with red, lavender, blue, white and others possible. It has a long history of use as a gemstone. In nature, it is formed by high-temperature metamorphism of carbonates or schists, and is often associated with calcite, dolomite, garnet, corundum, diopside, olivine, and other dense minerals. [Mineralogy, Perkins]
Hypersthene is a chain silicate in the orthopyroxene series of the pyroxene group([Mg, Fe)2Si2O6]), with a hardness of 5 to 6 on the Mohs scale. The name is often used informally to refer to all minerals between the end-members of this series; gemologically, it refers more specifically to the brown-green colored version of the mineral, which often displays a rich bronze or copper sheen or schiller effect. It typically occurs in foliated masses. [Mindat.org]
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