The Hope Diamond Turned Blood Red

The Hope Diamond Turned Blood Red

Header photo taken by Chip Clark for the Smithsonian Institute The Gemological Institute of America shared the stunning photo above on LinkedIn and pointed out that these diamonds are the Hope Diamond (right) and the Wittelsbach-Graff diamond (left.) Both diamonds are...
Copper Is A Vibrant Metal That Makes Beautiful Jewelry

Copper Is A Vibrant Metal That Makes Beautiful Jewelry

Copper is a vibrant base metal that is very common and easy to work with. It was the first metal that I started wire wrapping minerals with and Daryl often told me it was the best ‘practice wire.’ When you work with silver or 14K gold-filled wire, one...
Chalcanthite: A Toxic Blue Copper Flower

Chalcanthite: A Toxic Blue Copper Flower

This vibrant blue crystal in my neon gloved palm is derived from the Greek words, chalkos, and anthos–meaning copper flower. Chalcanthite is a water-soluble sulfate mineral. This means that it will melt in water–and due to its high concentration of copper,...