Insouciant Studios "Flights of Fancy Swallow" bracelet handmade from natural blue amazonite, luminescent labradorite, Turquoise, Angelite, and glass beads with a brass swallow charm. Copper construction and lobster clasp. The elegant two strand design and refreshing blue palette make this charmer ready for gifting.
Total Length: 7 3/4 inches (19.5 cm)
About the Materials:
Amazonite is a blue-green variety of Microcline Feldspar (KALSi3O8) with a hardness of 6 on the Mohs scale. It has a pearly or vitreous/ translucent luster. Microcline feldspar occurs in white and salmon pink, and is a closely related polymorph of the minerals orthoclase (same chemical formula, slightly different crystal structure) and sanidine.
Angelite, otherwise known as Anhydrite in a mineralogical context, is an evaporite mineral often found in association with gypsum, sulphur, halite, calcite, and dolomite. It is a member of the Anhydrous Sulfate Group, with chemical formula CaSO4 (Calcium Sulfate). Anhydrite and gypsum are the only rock forming sulfate minerals. Anhydrite has a hardness of 3-2.5 on the Mohs scale (so fairly soft) , and a pearly or vitreous luster. In pure form, this mineral is colorless, with color coming (as usual) from minute quantities of other elements within the crystal lattice. [Mineralogy, Perkins]
Turquoise (CuAl6(PO4)4(OH)8 *4H2O) has a distinctive blue color, a resinous or waxy luster, and a hardness of 6 on the Mohs scale. Deeper blue-green and green shades of the stone contain more Zinc than Copper, and have the name faustite. Turquoise can be opaque (commonly seen) or transparent. [Mineralogy, Perkins and Mindat.org]
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