That is a phenomonal piece of jewelry. I love the stone in there. What thickness wire did you use? Is there gold veining in that qaurtz? I've been working on twisted wire pendants, but they aren't nearly as beautiful and elegant as this one. Please check out my gallery and give me some tips; that'd be awesome! PS: Did you sauter the pieces? (i don't think I spelled that right ^_^
I'm not sure. If you read books about things like old west gold miners, alot of times the gold can be found veined in quartz. Much of the time the quartz is rotted (yeah, stones rot; weird, right?) and the gold is easy to get out, but alot of times the miners had to take the quartz with them, to smelt it, or something like that.... But it could be the stuff mentioned in your link, although that stuff looked alot straighter and less veiny like the quartz in the pic.
It just doesn't strike me as likely to be actual gold. Rutile in quartz can look pretty messy, and that piece certainly displays some of the arrow-straight needles I would normally expect. That, and if it was gold, I seriously doubt that particular piece would have been cut for jewelry. But I would have to have the piece in hand to say for sure.
yeah, you're probably right. Looking at it again, I see that it does. But, one question.... if it had been gold, why wouldn't it have been cut for jewelry? I know one place that sells gold veined turqouise; why not qaurtz? Someone else suggested to me that the veins could be pyrite, but I kinda doubt that... what do you think?
Because I don't think a piece of quartz veined with gold like that would have held up to the cutting process; I would expect it to break apart, given that gold is so much softer and has such different properties. And I've seen pyrite and quartz growing together fairly often, and I've seen pyrite growing on quartz, but I've never seen pyrite IN quartz. Plus pyrite grows in big chunky crystals, not long thin crystals like rutile.