Spring Trend: Raw Gemstone Jewelry

Jan 4, 2013

One of the jewelry trends that has been popping up on my radar lately is the use of raw gemstones in jewelry. Instead of the polished, symmetrical bead shapes that we are used to, jewelry designers are embracing the beauty of the natural world by incorporating stones in their organic forms into their pieces.

The geological processes that create gemstones are truly remarkable (think, for example, of the unlikely set of circumstances that needs to occur at the atomic level in order for crystals to grow, or the incredibly high temperatures and pressure levels that must be exerted before a natural diamond forms). The unfinished edges and imperfect angles of raw gemstone beads remind us of these extraordinary conditions through which they came into being, bringing a new layer of significance to the jewelry designs that they are a part of.

Here are some of my latest favorites:

Quartz, pyrite, kyanite, and sea urchin spine necklace by yellowgrey.
Crystal necklace by Serefina.
Amethyst and pyrite ring by Unearthen.
Gold apatite crystal bangle by Aoko Su.
Chrysoprase ring by Mali Sabatasso.


What is your favorite gemstone to design with?


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Linda@952 wrote
on Jan 5, 2013 3:53 AM

Currently, I am playing with two entirely different gemstone projects.  The first is a triple strand necklace using 3 & 4 mm swarovski bicones, and ruby in zoisite.  It has peyote clasp and bezels, and has been evolving in it's own directions which have been interesting, to say the least.  The second is considered to be one of the rarest gemstones.  I live in Alberta, Canada, we have something called Ammolite, which is a fossilized sea creature from when dinnosaur's walked on earth.  I managed to get a piece of ammolite shell, that is encrusted with chambers opened, that reveal golden coloured crystals, I think that they are probably pyrite, but full of colour.  I have the piece on my work table, while ideas percolate from within.  I will most likely form it into a necklace or brooch, I'm still dreaming about this one!

on Jan 12, 2013 9:18 AM

I'm currently playing around w/these little quartz crystals that my hubby and son keep finding at this place in Arizona called "Diamond Point". You're not allowed to dig the area for these crystals, but after a rain, they are just laying all over the ground. Most of the are is picked over now because so many people know of it, but they still find good ones for me when they go camping! Many of them remind me of Herkimer diamonds, they are so clear and perfect at times. I'm putting them in little glass vials so as not to disturb them - creating little treasures for people to wear around their necks!!

2ndChance wrote
on Jan 12, 2013 12:17 PM

I love amethyst! throw in some swarovski crystals, and you have some seriously beautiful jewelry!

bebe3254 wrote
on Jan 12, 2013 5:39 PM

I am a wirewrapper and i also teach it and i have often used stones in the raw and i love the look. Geodes and thunder eggs that are cut open and lightly polished are my favorites. The shapes and crystals inside can span the rainbow and make stunning pendants and bracelets with wirewrapping. Thanks for asking....BeBeaz

senfuma wrote
on Jan 18, 2013 8:25 AM


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