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It Happened in Santa Fe by Ellygator It Happened in Santa Fe by Ellygator
(2017), 14" for the necklace, 3" for the pendant. Silver Art Clay (molded, dried, carved, kiln-fired, burnished and antiqued), silver round wire, silver bezel wire, Sunstone rosary chain, Sunstone drop bead, cut mystery gemstone...

I'd taken something of a break from working with Silver Clay for a while. There just hadn't been any kind of idea rattling around in my head that absolutely had to become reality. However, we visited a friend in Santa Fe last fall, and he just blew me away with handing me a pretty sizable collection of cut gemstones. He knows I make jewelry and could do something with his gift, whereas he would either just hang on to them or sell them on.

Among the usual and easily identifyable Amethysts, Citrines and Peridots there was one stone that I still cannot identify and have never seen before. Looked at from the side and some other angles it appears a pale transparent greenish blue, almost like an Aquamarine, but when seen from the front it seems almost entirely clouded in a rich orange, like a light-colored Carnelian or a Sunstone, but without any shiller. There are just some occasional flashes of clear transparent blue depending on how the light strikes the cut gem.

I wanted to set this stone almost from the moment I first saw it, and I think I finally found a suitably lavish arrangement to let it shine. The delicate Sunstone rosary chains provide a nice complement to its color, and the overall feel of the design reminded me of the rich Spanish heritage that makes Santa Fe such a beautiful place to visit.

This is the first time I've actually bezel-set a central stone that was not a cabochon and it was a nice challenge to find out if I could do it.

If anyone has an idea what the stone is from the picture and the description I'd love to hear from you!
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KatrinaFTW44 Featured By Owner May 15, 2017
Beautiful!
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Ellygator Featured By Owner May 17, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks so much! Glad you like it.
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Sagittarianism Featured By Owner May 14, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Looks a bit like a faceted fire opal.

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The above picture says they are Mexican in origin and since Santa Fe, NM is fairly close to Mexico itself, I figure that it would be easy enough to sell and trade with those who cultivate, cut, and sell loose gemstones.

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Ellygator Featured By Owner May 15, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks so much! That's a cool suggestion. I guess I never even thought of it, because they faceted the stone, and somehow I always associate opals with cab cuts, but why not?
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browntoya Featured By Owner May 10, 2017  Student Filmographer
It's beautiful!
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Ellygator Featured By Owner May 10, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks so much! Glad you like it.
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Rhian-Skyblade Featured By Owner May 10, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
This is really one fine and beautiful craftsmanship :3 

Maybe it's a aventurine with some inclusions of something metallic (pyrite or fuchsite e.g)? Usually aventurine is greenish, but there is also a yellow one.
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Ellygator Featured By Owner May 10, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! And thanks for the link. I'll look into it. I also got a suggestion that it could be Andesite, which a lot of the Google images look like...
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NevaSirenda Featured By Owner May 9, 2017  Professional Artisan Crafter
Lovely!
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Ellygator Featured By Owner May 10, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks so much!
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wb-skinner Featured By Owner May 9, 2017   Photographer
wow Elly  .. that's very exquisite..
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Ellygator Featured By Owner May 10, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm really glad that I found a new inspiration that got me back into Silver Clay.
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Ellygator Featured By Owner May 11, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
It was really the gift of the stones. The idea of just having them languish in a box didn't sit right with me. I am determined to have some more see light of day in some nice settings.
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wb-skinner Featured By Owner May 11, 2017   Photographer
oh? was that another artist?
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Onyxeva Featured By Owner May 9, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist

I ain't no expert, but I do love stones and rocks of various types.
The smaller beads do kinda like look like Carnelian, and the center stone might be Andesine which is reddish and can have the blue/green flashes that Labradorite exhibits.

www.minerals.net/gemstone/ande…
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Ellygator Featured By Owner May 9, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow I just looked at the images and googled some more and I think you've hit the Jackpot. That's exactly like the stone looks.

Thank you!
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Onyxeva Featured By Owner May 9, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist

Wha, glad to help!

I also saw your comment saying the stones in the rosary were Sunstone, I totally missed that. xD
Beautiful piece though, glad I could help! <3
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Ellygator Featured By Owner May 11, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, seems Andesine is even related to Labradorite and Sunstone as other feldspars. No wonder I felt attracted to it!
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GoodSpiritWolf Featured By Owner May 9, 2017  Professional Artisan Crafter
Lovely work Elly
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Ellygator Featured By Owner May 9, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks so much. I'd not realized how much I've been missing the alchemy of working with Silver Clay...
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