I found a local supplier of gemstones and after purchasing a few, decided to make some pendants. Besides being beautiful they have some intriguing history and lore associated with them.
I found three that were especially pretty and interesting. An Amethyst Button, a nice nugget of Lapis Luzuli and my personal favorite, Malachite. My original thought was to wire wrap them. That, unfortunately required me to improve my wire wrapping skills. So, I took a class and got better but not to the point of offering the results for sale.
Now, most often the simple thing is the best. So, I found some pieces that I could just add a simple bail and a nice chain.
So, here are my starter offerings of gemstone pendants.
Amethyst is the birthstone for February and is a member of the Quartz family. It varies in color from light purple to dark purple and anything in between. The pendants here are in the form of a crystal cluster or "flower formations" often called "Amethyst Buttons".
Malachite is a popular stone which has light and dark green banded areas. The differences from stone to stone are amazing. The bands form beautiful designs.
Lapis Lazuli is often considered the birthstone of December. However, Blue Topaz, Turquoise or Tanzanite are also considered. All depends on which "list" you see.
Lapis is considered a rock, not a mineral. It combines various minerals, mostly lazurite, but also contains calcite (white), sodalite (blue) and pyrite (fools' gold, a metallic yellow) and to be considered a mineral it would have only one component.
I plan on adding more gemstone pendants, so be sure to stop back.