Monday, 22 August 2011

Malachite and Rhodonite Earrings

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  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
There is a very simple way to differentiate rhodochrosite and rhodonite, despite their very similar colors. Rhodochrosite is usually found with white banding throughout, sometimes with other colors as well. Rhodonite, on the other hand, is found in more of a flat color, sometimes with black inclusions.
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.


  1. That was your first time doing a wire herringbone? WOW, I think you did a great job!

  2. Thank you CAT, but luckily you don't have a chance to look at the back. It's just like my sewing, the reverse side is quite embarrassing. I have just visited The Cat's Meow and I like your work. Meow!