Handmade in my small artisan workshop, this stunning tiny natural gemstone pendant is made from a host matrix rock, with genuine ruby through out.
This unusual stone comes from Norway, 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 rock-matrix and ruby 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): tiny, 1.2cm x 1cm
Necklace Length: 46cm (18 inches)
Stone: solid matrix host rock which includes feldspar and biotite, with genuine ruby gemstone present throughout.
Stone Size: 7x5mm (approx, freeform cabochon)
Stone Treatment: untreated, natural
Stone Origin: Kleggåsen Quarry, Froland, Agder, Norway
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.
Norwegian Ruby in Matrix Gemstone Knowledge
If you'd like to know more about this beautiful stone, the article below is really good (PDF file, opens new window)
CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE MINERALOGY OF NORWAY (No. 19. Red corundum of Froland at Arendal).
By CHRISTOFFER 0FTEDAHL