Rhyolite topaz gemstone handmade sterling silver pendant gemstone necklace

photo of the Rhyolite topaz pendant close up, the topaz is an opaque beige colour with speckles of rhyolite in in and a oval-rectangular shape. It is enclosed in a silver woven Celtic plait  type bezel, and the bail is a silver wire chunky spiral
photo of the Rhyolite topaz pendant close up, the topaz is an opaque beige colour with speckles of rhyolite in in and a oval-rectangular shape. It is enclosed in a silver woven Celtic plait  type bezel, and the bail is a silver wire chunky spiral
side profile of the photo of the Rhyolite topaz pendant close up, the topaz is an opaque beige colour with speckles of rhyolite in in and a oval-rectangular shape. It is enclosed in a silver woven Celtic plait  type bezel
photo shows the topaz pendant next to an inch ruler, the pendant is small and measure just over half and inch
photo shows the topaz pendant next to a centimeter ruler, the pendant is small and measure just over 1.5 centimeters
image shows the back of the rhyolite topaz pendant, it has celtic plait work wire weave at the back

Back of pendant ⬆️

image shows the rhyolite in topaz pendant from the front attached to its trace chain that it comes on
image shows a the rhyolite topaz celtic style pendant in full length complete with the chain it comes on

topaz in rhyolite pendant celtic style necklace handmade in 925 sterling silver

£ 100.00       One available, free shipping

Handmade in my small artisan workshop, this stunning and unusual little gemstone pendant is made from rhyolite rock that has topaz naturally growing throughout it, binding it together (if you hold it up to the light you'll see the almost colourless topaz on the outer edges of the rock, as seen in the above photo, the clear areas around the edges are actually near-transparent topaz).

The stone comes from Utah in the USA, and arrived to me in its natural raw form.  After a careful cutting and a fingertip polish, it was securely enclosed in solid sterling silver, using intricate Celtic inspired pattern silver wire work.

The inspiration for this design was one of roots, and how things are intertwined and woven together to create a unique new story - very apt in this case as the topaz and rhyolite are 'woven together' in a sense, by what would have been powerful geological forces many years ago, to create this fascinating blended stone.

I've attached this one of a kind pendant on to a solid 925 sterling silver chain so you can wear it straight away, and as this is a handmade artisan item, the photos show you the exact item you'll receive.

Pendant size (including bail):  small,  1.7cm x 0.7cm

Necklace Length:   47cm   (18.1/2 inches)

Stone: rhyolite (an igneous rock) with topaz gemstone present throughout. 

Stone Size:  11x6mm  (approx, freeform cabochon)

Stone Treatment:  untreated, natural

Stone Origin: Utah, USA

Metal: 925 sterling silver 

Technical: gemstone cut and polished in UK and pendant handmade in UK. No electrical or gas powered machines were used in the creation of this pendant; I'm an artisan who enjoys using hand tools and hand powered ancient-inspired lapidary techniques to cut natural untreated gemstones and make jewellery. (Please note the chain the pendant is attached to is made in Italy).

Care: Please note this is quite a delicate pendant, made with intricate fine sterling silver wire work, and so probably isn't suitable for excess daily wear (occasional wear is fine). It's best to store it away from other jewellery to avoid it being scratched or the Celtic-inspired weaving being damaged. It can be cleaned by gently wiping it with a damp cloth, patting dry immediately afterward.



Rhyolite & Topaz Gemstone Knowledge

Rhyolite is a type of igneous rock that's formed from volcanic magma and is rich in quartz and feldspar. Whilst a beautiful generally pale coloured rock in its own right, rhyolite is well known in mineral hunting circles as a good place to hunt for gems; rhyolite cavities (called 'vugs' within the rhyolite rock are sometimes lined with mineral crystals and gemstones. 

These vugs form through various geological processes and provide environments perfect for the growth of gemstones and minerals; one way that vugs form is that gas bubbles are sometimes trapped in the molten lava during volcanic eruptions; this lava cools and solidifies into rhyolite, and the gas bubbles then become cavities (vugs) in the rock. Later geological activity can then introduce mineral-rich fluids into these vugs, and it's these fluids that contribute to the growth of gemstones and minerals. The conditions within the vug, such as temperature, chemical elements, ions and mineral content will determine the type of gemstones that develop.

Topaz is a gemstone that forms in a variety of geological settings. It crystallizes in areas that are rich in aluminum, silica, and fluorine, and it can occur in a range of colours (it should be noted that a lot of topaz undergoes extra treatments to achieve its final colour eg, nearly all types of blue topaz on the market are irradiated/ heat treated, and fancy topaz colours such as Mystic topaz have in fact been coated with special chemical vapours to achieve their colourful look).

In ancient times, topaz was believed to have various mystical properties. Some people believed it to promote wisdom and strength, others that it protected the wearer from negative energy. In some cultures it was believed to be a powerful healing stone;in the old book Les Lapidaries de L'antiquite, it discusses how topaz was believed to 'protect the eyes', and if a cross was carved into the gemstone, it would 'protect the wearer at sea'. 

Topaz remains a popular gemstone, and can be found in many places around the world. It is the birthstone for November, and also the state stone of Utah in the USA. Any variety of topaz can be used as a 4th anniversary stone, whilst rare natural Imperial topaz (which is a stunning pink-orange colour) is the 23rd anniversary stone.



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