Sunday, November 28, 2010

Another little before and after...

This is a custom sterling silver caged fluorite necklace that I did a few months back.  It is actually the necklace that first inspired the filigree like swirls which continue to be a main theme in my current collection!

It feels so good to see the finished piece, knowing all that went into it!  

*Fluorite, a mineral that melts easily, derives its name from the Latin word "fluere" meaning "to flow" or "to flux" and refers to its use as a flux in the steel and aluminum smelting process.  The word "fluorescent" comes from the word Fluorite, as Fluorite crystals were some of the first fluorescent specimens to be studied.  Its fluorescence is thought to be due to Yttrium, Cerium or organic matter in the crystal structure.  

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