If you have a weakness for fine jewelry, and do want to pay the big ticket price for that diamond, sapphire, or emerald ring, you might consider looking into the less-costly, but still beautiful Drusy Quartz gem when you buy jewelry.
A lot of people do not know exactly what Drusy Quartz is and when they see it on your hand; they’ll usually ask what kind of ring you’re wearing. It’s not as easily identifiable as a ring made of amethyst or citrine.
Drusy Quartz is made up of clear quartz crystals that are found on agates. It comes in different colors of yellow, orange, red and brown. It’s more rare to find it in green garnet crystals or brilliant blue azurite, but every color is spectacular.
Since Drusy Quartz is made up of tiny crystals-which gives its gem-like appearance-it can be damaged quite easily and is rated only 7 on the Moh’s scale. Because it’s delicate many people will recommend that you buy a pendant, earrings or a brooch rather than a ring.
However, Drusy Quartz rings are becoming more and more popular and you’ll often see them displayed in the jewelry cases in department and jewelry stores.
You can even find Drusy Quartz rings mounted in 14K and upon inspection you’ll see that the designer has taken in account the softness of the stone and protected the ring by the raised channels circling the ring. If you’re careful with the ring, and do not slam your hand face down on something hard, there should be no more of a danger of damaging the ring that there would be with an opal: careful is the operative word.
When you wear your Drusy Quartz gem you’re wearing a gem that has been formed for over millions of years. It’s kind of like wearing ‘star stuff’ on your person, and the blue drusy coated with titanium creates an iridescence that will remind you of Van Gogh’s painting, “The Starry Night”.
Drusy is an inexpensive material but if cut properly the Drusy Quartz in your ears, on your hand or worn around your neck will compete with the most expensive gem stones.
If you prefer to own custom-made jewelry, you can purchase good Drusy Quartz at rock and mineral shows where you can pay-depending on size and color-prices from $15 to $600.
Bottom line, if you love jewelry and want the look of fine jewelry with a fraction of the price, you might have the sales clerk in the fine jewelry department of your favorite store, take out the peacock-colored drusy ring and hold it under the lights.
The brilliant blue will actually change color as she moves her hand and the ring will change from blue to green to even dark shades of pink. What other stone does that?
The only one that springs to mind is an Alexandrite. Ka-ching!