Solar Quartz Stalactite Slice Gemstone Cufflinks. Electroformed copper raw stone cuff links. All handmade; we love metalworking, all copper electroformed by me right in-house! Ever wonder what a cross-section cut through a stalactite would look like?
White Solar Quartz is a completely natural agatised colorless variety of quartz which grows deep inside caves where limestone deposits are formed. Solar quartz may also contain mossy inclusions, especially in the center. The stalactite crystal growth is simply amazing and produces wonderful crystals with a cracked ice appearance. These slices of stalactite look like galaxies, flowers or living cells dividing! Some have a single "eye" in the center, some more than one.
- Stalactite slices average ~3/4" wide
- Bullet back cufflink.
- Stone origin: India
- Each is one of a kind!
- Textured, electroformed copper surrounding the stones.
- Handmade. Please allow for slight variations in color, shape and size of the stones.
- Snazzy gift box included.
Each pair of cufflinks is unique and one of a kind, and made by hand by printmaker, metalworking artist and Cyberoptix founder, Bethany Shorb. Part of our new MATERIAL SPIRIT line: Handmade electroformed statement jewelry; an amalgamation of art. alchemy. myth. + science. We blend artifact, specimen, past, and future. I work between Detroit, MI and Los Angeles, CA, where I source all our stone, crystal, shell, fossil and horn specimens. They are intuitively sourced in person, in LA, Quartzsite and Tucson gem shows from only the most independent reputable suppliers.
What is Electroforming?
Electroforming is the intricate process of fusing metal onto another medium using a low voltage electrical charge. The scientific process was discovered by Professor Moritz von Jacobi in the Academy of Science, St Petersburg, Russia. Thomas Edison used electroforming in his work, as did Michael Faraday, a famous 19th century physicist and chemist.
Coated with a conductive medium, the cufflinks are suspended in an electrolytic solution comprised of acid and copper sulfate. The electrical charge breaks down a positively charged copper anode and deposits it onto the piece, which is suspended from the negatively charged cathode. A layer of copper very slowly forms over the piece. After many hours of moving copper ions onto the organic piece, it is removed from the bath and goes on to polish, patina, and sealing processes. The piece is then ready to become jewelry! It is hardy and durable, while the original organic material remains encased in the copper.
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