Lovely soft pink astorite pendant is handwrapped and topped with a natural smokey quartz faceted rondelle. The pendant hangs from a necklace made of more astorite puffed ovals and astorite rounds. In between the astorite is more of the natural faceted smoky quartz rondelles in shades ranging from almost clear taupe to a dark brown. Pretty filigree silverplated bead caps are on either side of the astorite ovals.
The necklace is finished off with a lovely silverplated heirloom toggle closure produced by TierraCast. TierraCast products are only produced in the United States and are guaranteed safe from lead or nickel and are always known for their longevity and quality. I have also used .925 sterling silver wire guards to protect from breakage. The necklace length is 19 1/2 inches and the pendant drop adds an additional 2 inches.
Astorite is a fairly newly named gemstone and is only found in the Toltec mine in Colorado. The stone itself actually consists of quartz, rhodonite and rhodochrosite which is why there has been some confusion about this gemstone. A unique combination which was actually named after John Jacob Astor who owned the mine until his untimely death aboard the USS Titanic. After John Astor's death the mine was closed for 80 years, then purchased by Will Benham and the mine was reopened in 2001. Astorite has several tints of pink, ranging from the bold rosy pink to the warmer, softer hues that blend into greyish tones with black spotting. But the pale pink of Astorite sometimes verges upon peach. Translucent, lacy patterns of white agate frequent the stone and are sometimes highlighted with pink spots or plumes. And there is an absence of black manganese veining that is typical of rhodonite, although, intermittently, there are grey and black configurations that may be silver. Although hard to see, there may also be tiny flecks of gold. Other inclusions are yellow helvite and reddish friedelite.
The necklace comes with a complimentary jewelry pouch.
*30x40mm Astorite rounded rectangle pendant
*22x30mm puffed oval astorite
*10mm astorite rounds
*5x8mm smoky quartz faceted rondelles
*20x15mm TierraCast heirloom toggle
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