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Simply Silica: A Gem Silica Pendant

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Back in July of last year I was admiring @icy_jade's gorgeous Peruvian Blue Opal ring, and suggested that Peruvian Opal might make a good alternative to jadeite. @ChaiK then gave me the tip that I should take a look at Gem Silica from Arizona's Inspiration mine as another alternative.

DW and I had never seen any Gem Silica in person, but later that year we just happened to come across a piece at an auction. It was a rather unusual shape, but once DW saw how well it looked against her skin she decided it was destined to be a pendant. As some of you might know, DW has a thing for pendants. :) Here's a picture of the stone, it is 16.1ct measuring 30.7x9.8x7.0 and cut from Inspiration mine rough by John (Jay) Baskin.

16.1ct Gem Silica 30.7x9.8x7.0.jpg

We had some other projects in the works so didn't give the stone to Amy at DKJ until a few weeks ago. DW had determined the stone was so beautiful in its own right it didn't need a diamond halo or anything too fancy. Just a simple setting in 18K yellow gold to enhance the stone and keep it the center of attention. Amy and the DKJ pulled off this simple but elegant design to absolute perfection, here's their video and a couple of their studio photos.


Gem Silica Pendant DK1.jpg Gem Silica Pendant DK3.jpg

This Gem Silica does take on more of a blue shade in strong lighting, but in regular lighting it's more of a teal green, and it does look a lot like jadeite! A few neck shots in different lighting

Gem Silica Pendant 1.jpg Gem Silica Pendant 2.jpg Gem Silica Pendant 3.jpg Gem Silica Pendant 4.jpg

DW did add a single diamond highlight to the design. I tease her that her pendant has a pimple! :mrgreen2:
 

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Awesome, beautiful pendant. I enjoy hearing the story and seeing more pictures. Thanks!
 

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Whoa! beautiful!! :kiss2: :kiss2: :kiss2: OMG we would all be so lucky to have a diamond pimple...lol
 

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It's lovely and unique, thanks for sharing!

DK :kiss2:
 
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Really lovely -- modern look and I love the touch of asymmetry. Simple but not "plain." Also, a great way to showcase a soft, affordable stone of beautiful color and tone.

I might need a thicker, less flexible chain that could introduce some curvature at the hang-point.
 

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Thanks for sharing. Another beautiful addition to your Dw’s stunning collection :)
 

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Love it! And i really love the pimple - it gives it a unique edge!
 

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Really lovely -- modern look and I love the touch of asymmetry. Simple but not "plain." Also, a great way to showcase a soft, affordable stone of beautiful color and tone.

I might need a thicker, less flexible chain that could introduce some curvature at the hang-point.
Thank you, Gem Silica certainly looks soft, but it is a member of the quartz family and has a Mohs hardness of 7. So suitable even for a ring.

Great suggestion on the less flexible chain. DW has one but it's in white gold. Will use it to give the idea a try.
 

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Thanks for sharing. Another beautiful addition to your Dw’s stunning collection :)
Thank you, this all started with your fabulous Peruvian Blue Opal.

Interestingly Gem Silica is priced like jadeite, with the most translucent pieces being the rarest and most valuable. Fortunately it's less than 10% the price of fine jadeite!
 

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Love it! And i really love the pimple - it gives it a unique edge!
Thank you, DW thought long and hard about the pimple, but it worked out well in the end.
 

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Gem Silica certainly looks soft, but it is a member of the quartz family and has a Mohs hardness of 7. So suitable even for a ring.
I didn't mean soft like pudding; I meant soft for a durable gem. =)2

Spinel is my cut-off for a ring. But I think you're right -- as a cab, a few scratches won't matter so could be fine for a ring, too.
 
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Thank you for the original suggestion. DW loves this so much she has already ordered another stone for a matching ring! :eek-2:

DW's new gem silica arrived yesterday. 4.66ct and measuring 14.0x7.3x6.0. It's more translucent than the first stone with a beautiful inner glow.

4.66ct Gem Silica 2.jpg 4.66ct Gem Silica 3.jpg

The plan had been to copy the pendant design and make a matching ring, but DW is having second thoughts about that.

Is the new stone halo worthy? :)
 

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DW's new gem silica arrived yesterday. 4.66ct and measuring 14.0x7.3x6.0. It's more translucent than the first stone with a beautiful inner glow.

4.66ct Gem Silica 2.jpg 4.66ct Gem Silica 3.jpg

The plan had been to copy the pendant design and make a matching ring, but DW is having second thoughts about that.

Is the new stone halo worthy? :)
Yes. Halo it. It is beautiful. I like a good. stone that you can dress up with a halo and it looks a million dollars.
 
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