Organic gemstones include pearls, amber, coral, jet and ivory. This month my Jewelry Creators Unite in Numbers (JCUIN) guild collection was GOING ORGANIC, and featured organic gems. Since there are always more deserving pieces than will fit in the collection, I'm continuing the theme here in my blog.
|Amber Disc Earrings by Shadow Dog Design, made of|
|"Moody Rings", amber set in sterling silver by Lunar Skies|
|"Daybreak" cultured freshwater pearl necklace by Shanghai Tai|
PEARLS are produced by living organisms called mollusks (clams and oysters). When an mollusk encounters an irritant inside it's shell, it coats the irritating object with a shiny nacre that becomes the pearl.
|Freshwater pearl white teardrop bracelet|
by Diane's Dangles
|Wine red coral nugget choker necklace by|
Crystal Bazaar (reconstituted coral)
|Red coral and pearl necklace by|
Pink Sunset Jewelry Designs
|Amber and jet necklace by Epona's Jewels|
|Carved crystal skull with garnet, amber and jet|
by Sage Garden
|Vintage carved ivory earrings from my personal collection|
During the 19th century, jet was very popular. This was largely because Queen Victoria wore it. She is particularly remembered wearing jet as part of her mourning dress after the death of her husband, Prince Albert.
IVORY traditionally came from elephant tusks. Elephant ivory is banned in most countries now and difficult to find. Ivory can also come from the teeth of large mammals such as Hippopotamus. Common substitutes now come from bone.
I hope you enjoyed this little foray into the world of organic gemstones. Here are some links to some of my resources if you would like to read more: