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So What is a Druzy Anyway?

A druzy (pronounced droo-zee) is a fine crystalline textured stone. Druzy crystals are most readily found inside hollow geodes. The crystals can be made of macro-quartzes, such as amethyst or micro-quartzes such as agate. The agate druzy is a substance that can be dyed in different colors. Slices of small geodes are often used in druzy jewelry displaying a ring shape with druzy coating the inside of the hole. Solid druzy coated stones are usually cut down and polished from geodes that are too large for hollow slabs or cut down to remove imperfections.

Is it spelled druzy or drusy?

The term druse is an actual minerological reference to the natural phenopmena of crystal coating. So the term drusy, would be more correct in scientific terminolgy, but for popular retail terms, druzy seems to have taken over. However, jewelers such as Zales and designers such as Kendra Scott still prefer the original term drusy.

Who came up with the name druzy?

The word druzy is a modern twist from the minerological term for druse. The original word came from German word, druse, meaning "weathered ore".

What are druzies made out of?

True druse is silica deposited by water that made its way into a stone. Most druzy stones are the hollow parts of geodes. The host material for druse can vary from regular stones such as sandstone, all the way to precisous gems like ruby our tourmaline. Most druzy stones are made from quartz crystal. Many druzies are created by polishing a slab or material to show of its rough druzied edging. This is especially true of amethyst, which is naturally purple in color. Many colored druzy stones get their colors from addded metals.

So can ANY gemstone can become a druzy?

It sure seems like it. Due to the natural layering of the Earth's elements, the range of possibilities in natural druzy crystals and geodes are neverending.

There seems to be two types of druzy, crystalline edges of macro-quartzes such as amethyst, and finer snow like crystal coatings of true druse on a contrasting mineral or gemstone such as sandstone.

Gems, minerals and stones that can have druzy coatings include: pyrite, hematite, any quartzes, garnet, dolomite, azurite, chrysocolla, turquoise, calcite, and vanadinite. Druzies that aren't in the quartz family are more rare.

Are there fake druzy stones?

Yes. Imitation druzy stones can be created by glueing chunks of broken crystals together with resin or by painting over lower quality faceted surfaces. Not all imitation druzies are bad. Some are their own type of product created out of a desire to not let gemstone materials go to waste. Another reason for imitaion druzies are simply to experiment with the effects diferent coating can give a natural quartz crystal.

Many times, druzies can be purposely made of many different types of material, even broken beads and found objects. Here is an interesting blog post about how to make druzy pieces using broken gemstones and clear resin: Trash to Treasure: Two Ways to Use Broken Gemstones and Beads to Make Fresh Jewelry Designs

The creation of gemstone druzies such as tourmaline or ruby, can actually be considered its own type of druzy if the material used is a highly sought after gemstone on its own.

What are titanium druzies?

Titanium druzies are regular quartz druzy crystals that are coated in the metal titanium, which has a bright metallic silvery finish that can be colored or mixed with other metals to change its effect.

What is a Paraiba Druzy?

Paraiba is a named given to tourmalines with bright aqua blue coloring mined in Brazil. A crystalline form of this stone is called a druzy, so Paraiba druzies are druzies made from Paraiba stones. I am uncertain whether or not they are naturally crystalline or just fused pieces of broken stones.

Are there other types of created druzies besides titanium?

Yes, depending on the coating used, a druzy can end up having different coloring efffects. These types of crystals are grouped together and called Aura Quartzes. There are a bunch of names for these types of created quartzes. Here are a few:

gemstone painting video

Cutting and Processing Druzy Crystals

Here is an interesting video of how an artist can create pendants and other jewelry using crystals and drusy crystals.

Sources:
http://www.gemselect.com/other-info/drusy-crystals.php

http://www.zales.com/jewelry101/index.jsp?page=gemstones_DrusyQuartz

http://www.kendrascott.com/explore/shop-by-color/drusy

http://dyeingagate.com/coatings-on-minerals/

http://www.celestialights.com/Angel_Aura_Crystal/angel_aura_crystal.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metal-coated_crystal

http://www.ehow.com/about_6606347_titanium-drusy_.html

http://www.crystalvaults.com/crystal-encyclopedia/aura-quartz

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Druse_(geology)

http://nancyfriedman.typepad.com/away_with_words/2013/01/word-of-the-week-drusy.html

Featured Drusy Jewelry and Beads

Druzy pendant necklace, 'White Sparkle' (India)
Brazilian drusy agate dangle earrings, 'Glitter' (Brazil)
Drusy and smoky quartz dangle earrings, 'Stormy Night' (India)
Drusy quartz pendant necklace, 'Majestic Mirror' (India)
Brazilian drusy agate pendant, 'Smiling Skull' (Brazil)
Brazilian drusy agate dangle earrings Magic (Brazil)
Brazilian drusy waterfall earrings Bronze Cascade (Brazil)
Brazilian drusy agate earrings, 'Golden Twilight' (Brazil)
Drusy agate pendant necklace Shimmering Sky (Thailand)
Drusy pendant necklace Sparkling Harmony (India)
Brazilian drusy agate bracelet, 'Brazil Enchantment' (Brazil)
Brazilian drusy agate dangle earrings, 'Magic' (Brazil)
Brazilian drusy agate cocktail ring Nightlife (Brazil)
Brazilian drusy agate bracelet, 'Maringa Moonlight' (Brazil)
Labradorite and drusy cuff bracelet, 'Imperial Mystery' (India)
Drusy agate beaded stretch bracelet, 'Colorful Nocturn' (Costa Rica)
Drusy agate beaded stretch bracelet, 'Colorful Reef' (Costa Rica)
Brazilian drusy agate pendant bracelet, 'Bronze Galaxy' (Brazil)
Brazilian drusy agate cocktail ring Golden Twilight (Brazil)
Brazilian drusy agate cocktail ring Bronze Trio (Brazil)
Brazilian drusy agate button earrings, 'Bronze Foliage' (Brazil)
Brazilian drusy agate chandelier earrings, 'Blue Cassange' (Brazil)
Drusy quartz pendant necklace, 'Majestic Mirror' (India)