Insouciant Studios Dry Rose Earrings Selenite and Sunstone

  • $42.00

Insouciant Studios "Dry Rose" Earrings from the Natural History Collection

These earrings features 100% natural selenite crystal clusters accented with shimmering oregon sunstones.Quality 925 sterling silver construction and earwires. Easy, sumptuous design has both texture and sparkle. I hand select and hand drill each gypsum crystal cluster myself.

Total Length 2 5/8 inches ( 6.7 cm)
Width ~ 1/2 inch (1.5 cm)

Selenite is a crystal form of the mineral Gypsum (CaSO4*2H20)-- a hydrated calcium sulfate mineral. This mineral has a hardness of 2, and is typically colorless or white, although that can vary. It has a vitreous or pearly luster, and grows crystals in tabular and needle-like forms, often forming rosettes. If the crystals form a compact mass, we call it alabaster. [Mineralogy, Perkins]

Sunstone is a member of the Alkali Feldspar Group , as either Orthoclase or Microcline, with the formula (KAlSi3O8). It has a hardness of 6 on the Mohs scale. Sunstone is notable for its orange color and internal light reflection (schiller effect), and may gain additional sparkle from small internal crystals of hematite. It is related to Amazonite, the blue-green colored variety of Microcline.