Jewel of the Lake
Jewel of the Lake
This piece is one in a 4 part series I’ve created using naturally shed deer antlers along side amazing high quality raw crystal specimens. This one features a GORGEOUS Thunder Bay Amethyst specimen - Thunder Bay Amethyst (trademarked as Auralite 23) was discovered in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada near Lake Superior. It is an amethyst which is heavily included with other minerals. It is said that it contains 23 elements, but many contain at least seventeen: Titanite, Cacoxenite, Lepidocrosite, Ajoite, Hematite (which gives Auralite its red coloring), Magnetite, Pyrite, Goethite, Pyrolusite, Gold, Silver, Platinum, Nickel, Copper, Iron, Limonite, Sphalerite, Covellite, Chalcopyrite, Gialite, Epidote, Bornite and Rutile.
The pieces in this collection are completely wearable but are also art pieces and should be treated and stored with care.
How Its Made: Each stone is handpicked to meet my high standards, and is then carefully positioned with special attention paid to color, gemstone flash, angle, and how it will hang on the body. Ring bands and many other connective parts are hand formed and are then sculpted onto the stone with a permanent epoxy. In the areas where I would like metal to be, I paint each piece with an electrically conductive paint. The next step is to put a removable, protective covering on all stones. The necklace will then go through a process where it is submerged into an acid bath and the areas with the conductive paint will begin to grow a super strong layer of 100% pure copper. This growth process takes 12 - 36 hours for each piece, and I am sure to make adjustments along the way. After this is done, each piece is one by one hand polished, cleaned, oxidized, polished again, and then given a clear protective coating. After they are all dry and finished, they are ready to be added to high quality, beautiful chains :)