star rutilated quartz
I have purchased four star rutilated quartz over my jewelry career, but I was blown over when I found a star rutilated quartz small enough to fit this piece, something I had never seen before, or since. Star rutilated quartz is created by golden rutile, a form of titanium dioxide, also known as the hairs of Venus, whose needle like inclusions form a star cluster, or asterism, within its host rock of crystal quartz, and which is punctuated with hematite, the black part that you see. What stone could be more cosmically aligned than a golden flower that formed inside of quartz within the depths of the earth? A flower for the bee made by earth herself! Star rutilated quartz is also highly cherished as a healing stone.
Cast sterling bee with 8x7mm star rutilated quartz cabachon cut stone, 12 x 6.5 mm teal blue indicololite tourmaline briolette, cast sterling leaf ends with purchased lobster claw clasp, and 14karat gold 1.8mm heavy cable chain. 1 3/4" wingspan and 18 1/4" inches end to end.
I have a dozen of my 'be the nectar' bees out in the world and I will love to see who this one finds or who finds it. While I make my bees I have wondered how the bees choose the flowers they go to and so when I make them I try to create combinations of stones that will fit different people, like the bees finding the right flowers to land on and the bees finding the just right people too.
Light as a feather, but doing the job of the world - she pollinates our food and makes the world beautiful and delicious! Apples! Almonds! Blueberries! Cherries! Avocados! Cucumbers! Onions! Grapefrueit! and most inportantly food for our souls - all the flowers that blossom and elevate our spirits simply by existing. Save the bees. Eat organic food. Love nature.
Protect the earth. Boycott Bayer Montsanto.
Talisman to be the nectar.
Bee photo credit: budak/Flicker