What is druzy??
Posted on August 18, 2015
What is druzy??
What is Druzy?
Druzy seems to be the trend these days, and one thing is for certain; it is beautiful, but what exactly is druzy?
I've asked several vendors this question and decided to do some research myself and give a definitive explanation on druzy. Druzy is the glittering effect that the formation of tiny crystals over top a colorful mineral create.
It is beautiful when used in making jewelry, and everyone is starting to notice. Druzy can be made up of different stones, such as agate, quartz, or jasper. There are also treated druzies such as titanium druzy which can come in many metallic colors as well.
One of the most attractive features to druzies is that they are not as expensive as big faceted gemstones, but they bring the same level of sparkle and come in a wide array of great colors. This allows jewelry designers to create a beautiful product for their customers at a great price. I will explain some of the different types of druzy there are in more detail, and even drop a few hints as to where are the best places to find them.
|Jasper Quartz Druzy|
Jasper and quartz druzy are when tiny quartz crystals begin to form atop of jasper. Because of the wide variety of colors and patterns that jasper itself can come in, this leads to a uniquely beautiful piece of druzy.
This type of druzy is almost always completely natural and untreated. Most of the time you will see jasper quartz druzy set in base metal as free formed pieces. Available colors are white, black, orange, peach, green, blue, orange and so on...
A layer of very fine crystals formed on a semi precious gemstone chalcedony, is also known as agate druzy. Agate is a type of chalcedony, usually at least slightly translucent and banded or with inclusions.
It forms in concentric layers in a wide variety of colors and textures. Each individual agate forms by filling a cavity in host rock. The largest deposits of agates in the world are found in southern Brazil.
Chalcedony Druzy is often dyed for jewelry making purposes and can come in a wide array of beautiful opaque colors.
Amethyst druzy is the formation of quartz crystals inside an amethyst geode. Many geodes form when rock around gas bubbles harden, leaving a small cave inside, which then becomes lined with crystal deposits after mineral-rich hydrothermal liquids inside them evaporate.
Although most druzies take on the color of the host stone; amethyst druzy crystal are not clear quartz, but purple amethyst which is also a type of quartz.
Titanium druzy is agate druzy that has been coated with titanium. It produces apermanent metal coating in spectacular shades of bight, dark blue or an iridescent white.
Druzies are beautiful in their own right, but they are often enhanced in a chemical process called Chemical Vapor Deposition(CVD) in which the druzies are exposed in a gaseous environment that contains a metal like titanium. During the process the metal bonds on a molecular level with the mineral resulting in a spectacular rainbow of colors.By varying the metals and process parameters a host of colors and shades can be created. Titanium druzy has built quite a reputation for its beauty. Good quality druzy stones and the CVD process used to coat them are expensive yet critical to create a beautiful, sparkling gemstone.