Nov 23, 2011

A to Z of Gemstones - B is for Bronzite


Bronzite is an unusual gemstone that wouldn't be considered a gem at all if not for two other related stones called Hypersthene and Enstatite. All three of these are members of an igneous group of rocks called orthopyroxenes. Like its family members Bronzite is a stone that is constructed of different rocks including peridot and serpentine. All have key elements of iron as does Bronzite itself.

A reasonably hard stone Bronzite is generally a mixture of the colours of gold, green, brown, and black, although the most popular varieties of the gem are bronze brown as the stone's name indicates. The best rough of the gem also has the cats eye effect called chatoyancy. The stone often also refracts golden metallic sparkles and streaks from within.

Today Bronzite can be found in areas of the USA, Austria, England, South Africa, India, Labrador, Norway and Greenland.

Ancient Romans used to grind Bronzite into powder form to use as protection against mental illness and confusion and as an effective treatment to strengthen the nerves.

Here are some gorgeous examples of Bronzite Jewellery from some members of the JET Team:



5 comments:

Made By Tammy said...

Fantastic jewelry and post.

SendingLoveGallery said...

glad to know more about Bronzite - beautiful examples!

Beadsme said...

Just love Bronzite. Great post Shaz.

cserpentDesigns said...

I love the earthy/organic look of bronzite. Thank you for sharing my earrings too!

Dashery Jewelry said...

Beautiful bronzite items! Interesting post!

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