All About Drusy

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Elegant, captivating and always glistening, Drusy has a prestigious brilliance that entices like the seductive pull of a sparkling Diamond ring. Each glisten, twinkle and shimmer radiates with vivacity, bringing to life one of Mother Nature’s most glamorous gemstones.

Drusy is not a facetable gemstone, but has the appearance of broken sugar cubes attached onto the surface of a stone. These are actually very small individual crystals, and depending on the size of the piece, there can be many thousands of them. The gem formed millions of years ago when flowing hot water carrying dissolved silica was forced into gaps between rocks. If the hot chemical cocktail was cooled rapidly, then groups of small crystals were occasionally formed.

The gem’s full name depends on which rocks these small crystals were resting on as they formed. Drusy Quartz is the most well known of all Drusy gems and you can often find it attached to either Amethyst or Citrine. You can can also find Drusy Agate, Drusy Carnelian (a gorgeous orange to yellow color) and Drusy Chalcedony. There are also many different spellings for the name within the gem industry, if you see Druse, Druzy or Drusies, they all refer to a thin layer of small Quartz crystals, attached to another mineral.

Drusy Quartz is the most well known of all Drusy gems and you can often find it attached to either Amethyst or Citrine.

For many years we avoided selling this gemstone, as we felt that its appearance was so different to other gems and that it was so loud in its look, that many people, when seeing it set in jewelry for the first time, would immediately jump to the conclusion that it was fake. However, other than the fact the gem is often treated to provide or improve its color, the physical appearance of the gem is totally natural.

Rainbow Drusy ring

Crystal healers have used the gemstone for centuries believing that it will give you increased energy and lead you to a perfectly balanced life. Others believe that it provides the wearer with extra sensory perception. Why is Drusy normally very expensive? The answer to this lies in the fact that the rough rock where the Drusy forms is normally round and geode-like in shape, therefore trying to cut out a piece where the base is reasonably flat results in a lot of waste. In fact, it is not uncommon to have yields as low as 5 or 6%.

Cleaning and Care

Quartz is a tough gemstone, reaching 7 on the Mohs hardness scale, and Agate, Carnelian and Chalcedony are also all between 6 and 7 on the scale - so warm, soapy water and a soft brush should clean the gem in most circumstances. As always with jewelry cleaning, a soft touch and a little patience are advisable. When choosing a detergent it’s always best to choose an unperfumed one, but otherwise any dish soap diluted in warm water will help you get your Drusy back looking its best.

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