Wicked Rosarita Pendants in Sterling Silver
Wickedly bright orange rosarita cabs are the focal of each of these 3 pendants. Never heard of rosarita? Here's a description:
Rosarita is a unique material, which derives its exceptionally rich, red color from the process of gold refining. It is a unique by-product of the 1960s and 1970s gold refining processes. Alaskan beach sand was smelted for its gold content and the slag by-product was Rosarita, which is essentially a gold-infused glass. The base material for Rosarita is silica (which is quartz particles) mixed with gold at high temperatures.
The process of gold smelting has changed and this material is no longer produced. Luckily, there are still some stone cutters that can get their hands on this rare material!
These 3 pendants are all set in hand fabricated sterling silver settings, on double layers of sterling sheet. Featuring stamped gold brass discs, beaded sterling strip wire, turquoise, and cultured opal. The backsides are textured with a rolling mill for visual interest.
Each piece has been oxidized in liver of sulphur and polished to bring out the highlights. 18" oxidized rolo chain, finished with a lobster clasp closure.