Though I like natural gemstones, I am quite clueless as to their names. I have heard about those precious gemstones like diamond, ruby, emerald and sapphire. I have also heard about those semi-precious ones like amethyst, citrine, opal, onyx and Jade. I may even be able to identify them or their look-a-likes by their colors (Haha, how ignorant I am!). However, there are a lot of unique looking stones which I really need to google hard to find out their actual names. The green stone named Chrysocolla in my previous post is one of them.
The stones that I used in the two pairs of earrings below are also new to me:
|Malachite - Herrigbone weave|
The Malachite earrings were made with the instruction from Eni Oken at http://www.creativespotlite.com/jewelry/herringbone-weave.htm. The stones are pretty but the wire wrapping? so-so. Hey, that was my first attempt so I have excuse not to have done it well! LOL!
Any way, it is a mistake using these beads for earrings because they are too heavy. May be I will wire wrap a few more of the beads and use them to make either a bracelet or necklace together with these two wire wrapped beads.
I was not sure if the pink stone in the bottom picture was Rhodonite or Rhodochrosite. I googled the names and found a good description to distinguish the two:
Differentiating Rhodochrosite and Rhodonite
My conclusion - Rhodonite! The cost of it also confirmed it is Rhodonite as Rhodochrosite is more expensive.
The earrings were not mis-matched as it seemed. This one of my favorite style - asymmetrical. Below are two others of my earlier asymmetrical work:
The pink pair was made using leftover beads. My friend likes it so it is hers now.