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19thC Antique 1 3/4ct Titanium Crystal Ancient Frozen Sun #61440

Cost: $ 139.99

Antique 19th Century Genuine Natural One and Three-Quarter Carat Hand Crafted/Polished Titanium Rutilitated Quartz Semi-Precious Gemstone Oval. Mounted into high quality 14kt  Gold Fill pendant setting.

CLASSIFICATION: Polished Russian Titanium Dioxide Rutilated Quartz Polished Cabochon.. Chain and pendant setting contemporary. 

ORIGIN: 19th century Kazakhstan. 

SIZE: Length: 8mm. Width: 6mm. Depth (Thickness): 4mm. Measurements approximate. 

WEIGHT: 1.71 carats. 

NOTES: 14kt solid gold pendant; and 14kt gold fill and solid 14kt gold chains in lengths from 18 to 24 inches are available upon request. Default chain is gold electroplate 24 inch chain (included free).

A very high quality rutilated quartz gemstone which was cut and polished into this stunning gemstone by a 19th century Russian artisan. Russia famed for gemstones and jewelry of the Czars from the Medieval through Renaissance and Victorian eras. The bright golden colored rutile inclusions here, highly desirable, are titanium dioxide crystals. Titanium of course is a high-tech metal known for its resistance to wear and high temperatures. However to the ancients, these brilliant golden metallic-appearing inclusions were obviously captured rays of sun, frozen in quartz during the Ice Age. This was commonly believed all the way through the Medieval Age, when early alchemists still believed that quartz was water that encroaching glaciers had frozen and petrified.

This particular specimen is of exceptionally good quality and is absolutely stunningly beautiful. There is a remarkably beautiful and concentrated arrangement of golden titanium rutile inclusions. Quartz gemstones and jewelry were extremely popular throughout the ancient Mediterranean, and maintained its immense popularity through Renaissance and into Victorian Europe. During the Roman Empire carnelian, closely related to quartz, was widely used to carve cameos and signet/intaglio rings. The Romans acquired their taste for both carnelian and quartz from the Phoenicians, who traded extensively in both forms of quartz. Since before recorded history evidence suggests that various forms of quartz (including rose quartz, amethyst, carnelian, and aventurine) were amongst the most favored gemstones for at least the past 10,000 years.

Close examination of the gemstone reveals that the gemstone has been hand shaped and hand finished. The slight irregularities which are the hallmark of a handcrafted gemstone are generally regarded as appealing to most gemstone collectors, and is not considered detrimental. Unlike today’s computer controlled machine finished gemstones, the cut and finish of a gemstone such as this is the legacy of an artisan who lived two centuries ago. Such antique hand-crafted gemstones possess much greater character and appeal than today''s mass-produced machine-produced gemstones. 

The setting is of contemporary origin. It is a high quality setting manufactured by one of the USA’s leading semi-custom mount producers. It is constructed of 14kt <A HREF=http://www.csu-saaa.org/auxiliary/GoldFill.html>14kt gold fill</A> . It is not a cheap, gold electroplated pendant setting. It is genuine solid 14kt <A HREF=http://www.csu-saaa.org/auxiliary/GoldFill.html>14kt gold fill</A> , a quality setting designed to last a lifetime. It''s a first-class piece of jewelry throughout. The default chain is gold electroplated 24 inch (you may also choose a 16, 18, or 20 inch chain if you prefer). However we do have 14kt gold fill and 14kt solid gold chains available in lengths between 16 and 24 inches available upon request.

HISTORY: Rutile is a major ore of titanium, which is a metal used for high tech alloys. It often forms needle-like crystal inclusions inside quartz which looks like small bars of imbedded gold. In times past rutilated quartz has been referred to as Venus hair stone, Thetis hairstone, needlestone or sagenitic quartz and “fleches d''amour” (cupid’s darts). Rutilated quartz has not only been used for thousands of years as a gemstone, it was also used in healing and religious processes. Rutilated quartz was believed to slow down the aging process, aid in sleep, and was regarded as a strong healing influence, especially with respect to diseases of the respiratory system. “New Age” holistic healers today believe it has the ability to strengthen the immune system, regenerate the body’s tissues, aid in the assimilation of nutritional elements and can be helpful in recovering from radiation exposure. On the metaphysical level, it is believed to enhance one''s understanding of difficult situations, to enhance creativity, and to relieve depression and loneliness. Its needles are said to attract love, help with mental focus, strengthening resolve, and easing the pain of loneliness and improving communication.

Aside from pearls, which were "discovered" as gemstones by prehistoric man, various forms of quartz (such as carnelian, amethyst, and rose quartz), turquoise, and lapis lazuli are the oldest gemstones utilized in the manufacture of jewelry. "Rose quartz" is the rarest of these various quartz varieties, and transparent rose quartz very rare. The ancient Assyrians and Romans were among the first to use rose quartz, carved and faceted to provide gemstones. Since those ancient times rose quartz has been a traditional gift expressing love or affection for another. Quartz crystals have always been popular in jewelry due to mystical legends concerning the "power" of quartz crystals. Besides use as gemstones and decorative accoutrements, quartz was also ground by ancient cultures to produce primitive forms of glass and ceramics. Ceramic "glass-like" (“faience) beads were produced by the ancient Egyptian, Sumerian and Babylonian cultures. The pink shades of rose quartz are due to the presence of titanium. The ancient sources for rose quartz were mines in Namibia.

Quartz crystal exhibits a property called the piezoelectric effect; it produces an electric voltage. This was noticed by ancient cultures, and consequentially since ancient times many mystical properties have been attributed to quartz crystals. In Medieval Europe, quartz was believed to act as a psychic purifier. It was believed to tune into the "vibrational level" of an individual and assist in "tuning" into oneself, "tune out" the distractions of the outside world, and aid in meditation. It was believed that clear crystals possessed the ability to amplify emotions, and enhance healing, concentration, and intuition. Crystals were believed to enhance energy levels, and to neutralize "negative energies". Even today many people still believe that wearing quartz crystals benefits a person''s health and spiritual well being. 


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