The iridescent and shimmering drusy is a great fashion statement these days. Drusy gemstones texture like fine sugar crystals that sparkle like freshly fallen snow. It is the phenomenon of micro crystals forming on a matrix occurring in different colored minerals around the world. it is made of quartz and non-quartz. Quartz drusy is dyed in vivid colors. Sometimes it is coated with titanium or other metallic vapours for an iridescent finish. The toughness of the drusy piece depends on the nature of the crystals and the matrix to which they are bound while calcite drusy is fragile quartz drusy is relatively hardy. All drusies should be handled with care and are best suited for pendants brooches and earrings and not for rings or bracelets.
Drusies are cleaned with a soft brush and soap rather than ultrasonics or steam.
Among the varieties of drusy are rainbow pyrite (in bright gold, brassy copper, blues, greens and rose hues) black psilomelane drusy (a rich natural black metallic mineral covered with quartz crystals); black onyx drusy (a dyed black agate from Brazil); green uvarovite garnet drusy (from the rugged region of the Ural Mountains and named after the Russian Count Uvarov) and pink cobalt calcite drusy (discover in Congo, Zaire in the mid 1990s).
Their beauty lies in their surfaces being covered by thousands of shimmering crystals creating spectacular textures gems of rich color. The popularly of drusy has skyrocketed in the last few years.
How to Buy Drusy
Drusy gems are evaluated on the basis of the four Cs: Color, Cut, Clarity and carat weight. In addition there is a fifth C: Coverage. The evenness with which the matrix is covered is very important. Drusy gemstones are graded using the following criteria color saturation crystal size, purity (Visual Flows) and crystal coverage. Overall aesthetic balance is important.
Drusy emanates a joyous healing energy. It is worn for energizing the aura and promoting creativity.
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