Rhinestones and semi-precious stones as seen in costume jewelry come in a variety of colors and shapes. But just when you think you've seen them all, you realize there's another world of specialty stones. These are the ones which catch my eye. They included bi-colored stones, foiled stones and art glass stones. Here I'll show examples of some of the semi-precious stones and specialty stones I've found over the years.
Cabochon, Cab for short, refers to a rounded stone without facets. It can be natural or glass.
FROSTED MARQUISE OR NAVETTE STONES
Marquise or Navette stones are pointed at both ends with matching curved sides.
Rivoli stones have lots of facets and a pointed top. They can be round or square.
DRAGON'S BREATH aka FIRE OPAL or MEXICAN FIRE OPALS
Various metals are mixed with the molten glass resulting in a final product with an array of fiery colors.
Transparents stones with ribbons of color on the inside
Achieved by adding a tiny bit of gold to the molten glass. These were popular in Victorian jewelry. A resurgence in popularity in the mid 20th century saw the stone's name changed to Saphirene.
PEACOCK'S EYE STONES
Usually green with a blue center; the effect is achieved by placing foil behind the molten glass.
Like Peacock's Eye, this effect is achieved by placing foil behind the molten glass.
Not natural as many think, but in fact a man-made glass stone
Aventurine is a natural material which often contains gold flecks and particles; it is sometimes called Goldstone
ART GLASS STONES
MOTHER NATURES'S TRICKS
What Is That Stone? Part II (coming soon)
Collecting Costume Jewelry 303 by Julia C. Carroll
Gemstones of the World, 4th Edition, Walter Schumann
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