These gorgeous and large vintage earrings are made with striated purple sugilite, stand-out for the color and the geologic look made by the striations, both horizontal and vertical. From a website about this mineral: "Sugilite is a rare purple cyclosilicate mineral that was named after the Japanese petrologist, Ken-ichi Sugi, who first identified it in 1944 in Iwagi Islet, Japan. However, this occurred as brownish-yellow grains that were not suitable for use as gemstones. A significant deposit of gem-quality material was later discovered in 1979 at a manganese mine in the Southern Kalahari Desert of South Africa. In 1980 sugilite was officially classified as a rare gem, which caused its price to increase. Since then, additional deposits have been discovered, but since these are small, it remains a rare gem. Sugilite gets its attractive purple color from traces of manganese. It can range in color from pinkish-purple to deep bluish-purple. A great deal of sugilite has patches, veins or layers, and attractive or interesting patterns are also desirable in sugilite gemstones." The earring bezels are soldered onto a simplate stamped silver foundation, shaped like a slanted rectangle, or rhombus. The silver foundation is dented in places, and one particular corner has a fairly large dent that is visible even though it has been straightened out. Also, some may think that the vertical striations in the earrings are scratches but they are not. It is just another direction of the veins of the mineral.
The earrings measure 1-1/4" wide by 1-5/8" long and about 1/4" thick at the thickest point. The cabochons are 5/8" wide by 1-1/8" long. Togther the earrings weigh 28g, or 14g each. Both earrings are stamped on the back with the word STERLING yet no artist hallmark. Again the foundation on one earring is bent, which I've tried to capture in Photo 10. Otherwise in good vintage condition.
Big design, big color!
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