Geodes are one of nature’s finest gifts to us. Officially a geode is defined as a rounded stone with a hollow center that is lined with crystals.
The word geode comes from the Greek ‘geodes’ meaning earthy or earth-like. So how do these crystals form? First keep in mind that this process may take thousands of years.. or longer. Basically water gets inside a hollow rock and becomes trapped inside. As the water moves through the center, it leaves tiny crystals behind. They cling to the sides of the center. Eventually these tiny crystals become tightly packed and form the gorgeous geode!
Amethyst is my favorite. Especially the darker purple rocks. Did you know that if too much heat is applied to these geodes, the purple tends to lighten and even turn yellow? In fact many people mistake overheated amethyst for citrine. Both are quartz but not the same!
Last year at the Tucson Gem Show, I found a supplier from Uruguay that offered smaller amethyst geodes. I was so drawn to these smaller gems! My mind started spinning, dreaming of the designs I could create using these tiny crystal structures. Of course I purchased these beauties.
The challenging part was figuring out how to best encase these gems to show off their beauty and protect the crystals.
Voila. Here are the first designs off the bench. Enjoy. And yes they are each available for purchase.