Q: What are drusy gemstones, and why are they so popular?
A: Drusy gemstones are cabochons with natural surface texture like fine sugar
crystals that sparkle like freshly fallen snow. Drusy is the phenomena of
micro-crystals forming on a matrix, occurring in different colored minerals
around the world. For example, uvarovite is a chrome green garnet drusy from
Russia; cobalto calcite is a manganese pink drusy from the Congo. Drusy gemstones
beauty comes from their surfaces being covered by thousands of shimmering
crystals, creating spectacular textured gems of rich color. The popularity
of drusy has skyrocketed in the last few years, becoming an accepted new genre
of gemstones. Leading designers have won many national awards with gold and
platinum jewelry featuring drusy gemstones.
Q: The crystals look like they are on a
different material. Are they backed?
A: No, drusy gemstones formed naturally millions of years ago on a host matrix
material. (The only exception to this is our rainbow hematite, which we have
backed for additional strength in setting.)
Q: The colors are so vivid. Is this their
A: Almost all drusy gemstones are completely natural and are untreated. They
come out of the ground just as you see them. This includes green uvarovite
garnet, pink cobalto calcite, black psilomelane, rainbow hematite, and rainbow
pyrite. Our only treated or enhanced drusy gemstones are Titania (natural
drusy quartz coated with the rare metal Titanium), black onyx drusy (natural
drusy quartz that has been dyed black--like all onyx gemstones), and drusy
coated with 23k gold or platinum.
How do you grade drusy quality?
A: We grade our drusy gemstones using the following criteria---color saturation,
crystal size, purity (visual flaws), and crystal coverage (whether areas of
underlying matrix shows). We specialize in hard-to-find gem quality drusy,
focusing on overall aesthetic balance.
Does drusy work for rings?
A: Drusy gemstones set up great in earrings, pendants, slides, and brooches.
We don't recommend drusy for rings, bracelets, or cuff links. Some designers
have set them in this way, and give extra care instructions to their customers.
If you do choose to set your drusy in this manner, we advise using a "shadow
box" type of setting, bringing the bezel up past the crystal sides
of the stones for protection.