The mineral houses a family of fabulous gems
A glimpse at any of our exhibiting brands’ and designers’ repertoires reveals a vast array of gems, each one gorgeous. And with so many amazing gemstones to choose from, how can we single one out to preview? In the spirit of pleasing a crowd, this week’s spotlight focuses not on a specific variety of gemstone, but on the mineral responsible for many: quartz.
Quartz is actually the second most abundant mineral in the earth’s crust and comes in many forms—some of which are the gemstones we know in jewelry. The quartz family includes amethyst (our featured gem last week), citrine, rose quartz, smoky quartz and the colorless quartz or rock crystal, to name only a few.
Rutilated quartz is hugely popular in jewelry design, particularly in creations that feature raw, organic aesthetics. Don’t be surprised to see it in abundance while in Tucson—its needle-like inclusions that often appear as flecks of gold (and sometimes black) make the stone a worthy star of some of the most creatively beautiful pieces of jewelry you can imagine.
Though not incredibly rare, gemstones in the quartz family are generally well-known and beloved by shoppers, which makes them must-haves for any retail store. And because we know these gemstones so well, it’s exciting to see them housed in jewelry designs that make them look fresh and fabulous. Here’s a preview of the quality quartz you can expect to find at JCK Tucson.