Please note- I have shown photos of representative pendant stones to give an idea of the general appearance of the stone pendants, but each stone is unique. Please be aware that these are natural, earth mined stones, so no two stones will be exactly alike. The photos show some representative pendants, but not the exact ones that you will receive. Stones will vary in color, lightness and darkness, surface patterns, shapes, sizes, and personality. You cannot ask for specific pendants that you see in the photos, since most of them will probably be long gone by the time you are looking at this listing.
The stones come from all over the world, buy these pendants are hand-wrapped right here in Sunny Arizona using a simple, spiraling style that I developed to bring out the natural beauty of free-form stones. The wire hugs the stone tightly, so it is held in place by the pressure of the tightened wire. This means that the stone is still pristine- it has not been drilled, and there is no glue involved. Don't let the low price fool you! These pendants are priced for wholesale buyers, but the stones are ever so nice, and they come from a loving home.
Details about the stones:
Tiger eye: Tigereye is a fascinating quartz relative with naturally occuring fibers that create a chatoyant, or shimmering effect. The commonest color is a rich golden brown, but it also comes in a brick red color, and a deep blue tone that is sometimes called Hawk's Eye. I have two colors of tiger eye available in this size- golden, and red. However, the colors are not homogenous, so I classify the stone according to the dominant color. You may find streaks of blue or red in a golden stone, streaks of gold in a red stone, etc.
Obsidian: Obsidian is natural volcanic glass, and comes in a wide range of colors. I have two types: Snowflake Obsidian is a black stone, with lacy patches of near white, caused by radially clustered crystals of cristobalite. (The "snowflakes" are not just on the surface; they extend deep into the stone.) Apache Tear Obsidian looks black most of the time, but is a little bit translucent if held up to a strong light. The apache tears are found in small droplet shapes, and were first found in Arizona, where a haunting legend developed about their magical origin.
Clear Quartz: My tumbled clear quartz stones come from Brazil, and are some of the clearest quartz stones I have ever seen. I bought them about 25 years ago at one of the big rock and mineral shows in Quartzsite, Arizona, when the Brazilian stone market was in its heyday.
Rose Quartz: Rose quartz, sometimes called "the love stone", is a pinkish variety of quartz that gets its natural color from manganese, titanium, or iron. Most natural rose quartz (as opposed to dyed rose quartz) is a rather soft or pale pink.
Moonstone: My moonstones are quite small, barely three quarters of an inch in length. I have the pale, whitish moonstone, and silvery-gray moonstone available. Moonstone gets its name from the old Roman belief that the stone was formed out of solidified moonbeams. Like the moon, the color of this stone can range from shimmery white to silvery gray, to a slightly orangish tint like a rising harvest moon (FYI- These are natural moonstones, not the opalescent glass that is sometimes sold as moonstone.)
Amethyst: Amethyst is a variety of quartz, with trace elements that give it a more complex crystalline structure, and a purple color. The purple color can run from the palest lavender to a purple so dark that it is almost black. Most of my small tumbled amethyst stones are lavender to medium purple, and the intensity of the color often shades from very pale at one end to a darker purple at the other end.
Citrine: Citrine, closely related to amethyst, is a variety of quartz with colors in the yellow to gold range. Although citrine can occur naturally, most citrines are amethysts that have been heat treated to change the color. Citrines can run from extremely pale whitish yellows to dark golden brown shades, and many citrines are lighter at one end and darker at the other. Most of my citrine stones run from pale yellow to medium golden yellow tones.
Sodalite: Sodalite is an opaque mineral related to feldspar, prized for its rich blue color, shot through with veins of white. My sodalite stones are usually flattened free-form shapes, much wider than they are thick.
Water Tumbled Black Riverstone: These black river stones have NOT been machine tumbled, so they have a matte surface, rather than the shiny, polished surface that you see in most tumbled stones. They have been shaped and smoothed naturally, by flowing water. These stones are best for those who like their stones rough and raw, exactly as they were in nature. (I have rubbed a few drops of mineral oil into the surface of the stones, which makes them darker and glossier, a little like they would have looked when wet.)
Labradorite- Labradorite is a dark variety of shimmery feldspar, related to moonstone. Labradorite sometimes displays an iridescent, fiery play of colors known as "labradorescence". The stones in this listing are common labradorite, NOT gem quality labradorite, so there will probably not be much rainbow colored "fire". However, if you watch the surface of the stone as you twist and turn it in the light, you may see ghostly shimmers from within the stone, and you may see occasional flashes of color. (For instance, you can see a small flash of blue fire in the stone on the right in the photo.) The labradorite stones in this listing are mostly silvery gray to dark gray, though some are color changers, looking gray in some kinds of light and showing a mossy gray-green in other light.
Aventurine: Aventurine is a form of quartz, often characterized by a sparkly look known as "aventurescence". Aventurines come in a wide variety of colors and shades, depending on their mineral content. Green aventurine can range from a light minty green tone, to a dark green that is almost black. Silver or gray aventurines (at least the ones I have) range from a light, silvery gray to a medium dark gray tone. Golden brown aventurines range from a dark gold to a rich brown. My aventurines are mostly highly polished, rounded shapes.
Red Jasper- Jaspers are opaque silica based stones, related to quartz, found in a wide range of natural colors and patterns. Red jasper is usually a vivid brick red color, and is often marbled with streaks of white, black, and other contrasting tones. Most of my red jaspers are flattened free form shapes, wider than they are thick.
Hematite: Hematite is a very heavy, metallic stone, made of a ferrous oxide. Hematite was called bloodstone in the middle ages, because these stones can rust if they sit in water, making it look as if the stones are bleeding. The tumbled hematite in this listing are small Brazilian stones, with a highly polished, silvery appearance.
Moss Agate: Moss agate, also known as tree agate, is a clear or milky-white stone, with dendritic greenish patterns that resemble ferns or moss. Filaments of iron oxide and/or manganese oxide embedded in the stone create the intricate, lacy patterns and greenish tendrils that give the stone its name.
Black Agate: I am not sure if these velvety black stones from India are agate or jasper, but they are solid black, and completely opaque.
Rhodonite- Rhodonite is a pinkish mineral that derives its color from manganese and iron oxide, and is often veined with black. Most of the rhodonite I have seen is a rather light pink color, but I recently obtained some older rhodonite from Africa with a very deep, rich hue, and lots of black.
Dongling jade- Sold as "Dongling Jade" and "Sinkiang Jade", this lovely green stone is a bit of a mystery to me. I know that it can't be either of the two forms of ancient Chinese imperial jade (nephrite and jadeite), because imperial jade is extremely expensive. However, I have no clue what kind of stone it really is. Is it a brightly colored serpentine, a very fine grained form of aventurine, a smooth green chalcedony? I don't know, but I think it's a beautiful stone, which is the actual meaning of "jade" in Chinese.