This weekend, I was in a local jewelry store when I saw the oddest, coolest ring that I’ve seen in some time. The stone was clear crystal filled with gold and silver colored strands of metal. Since I had never seen anything like it, I asked the store clerk how she made the stone.
(I assumed it was a lab creation. This was a rookie move.)
Once she had stopped laughing, the clerk explained that the stone was “rutilated crystal,” and that she had been using the gem for years. Unsure whether the stone was as rare and precious as she claimed, I decided to go home and search the internet for comparables. And boy, am I glad that I did.
It turns out that the “extremely rare and hard to find” stone that the woman was selling for over $300 is actually quite common. And luckily for this fashionista, rutilated quartz pieces can be found on Etsy for much much less than the clerk led me to believe.
Here are some of my favorites: