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Rhyolite necklace 2I recently watched a 2017 episode of Nova about how and why Stonehenge was built – and in the process learned a lot of great history and archeology, as well as about Rhyolite, one of the pillar materials. The basic idea is that this was a sacred place, likely with the pillars placed over the remains of revered people of the communities in the area. What was particularly interesting was the discovery of the actual sites where some of the most special pillars were quarried – a place in Wales with natural outcroppings of bluestone, or Rhyolite – a material also used by some of our most creative Etsy colleagues. The Rhyolite used in Stonehenge was probably quarried and moved around 3400 B.C. – by Neolithic stone-draggers – whole communities of people united by a common purpose. You can read more about the original Stonehenge quarries here, and check out the Nova episode here.

There is actually some intriguging Rhyolite near my neck of the woods in the Southwest (it’s in Wilcox, Arizona) - at the Chiricahua National Monument. The site is filled with Rhyolite spires and columns. The tourist literature they give you refers to it as either "forests of stones" or "a wonderland of rocks." It also looks a bit like a community of beings. However you choose to describe it, it's a phenomenally beautiful and moving terrain, where the rocks — the result of volcanic eruptions and millennia of erosion — seem sculpted.

Predictably, all this geology and gemstone history made me wonder about what some of our Etsy colleagues are doing with Rhyolite, and here’s what I discovered – Medicine Beads offers  an absolutely stunning focal stone of Rainforest Rhyolite, wire wrapped and suspended from a strand that includes chips of Moss Agate, Smoky Quartz and raw Peridot, sparkling faceted disks of Czech crystal, and large Quartz crystal spheres with inclusions that add to their beauty. (Above and to the right.)


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rhyolite bead necklaceblue bead silver has made a lovely creation of Rhyolite (the pillow-shaped beads), Sunset Dumorteirite, and Rose Quartz (to the left).

Finally, to the right, HendersonStudios offers this genuine Rhyolite cabochon set in a fine silver bezel backed in sterling. It is suspended from a colorful gemstone strand comprised of moss agate, pale jade, nephrite jasper, carnelian, and tiger eye. 

I'd be honored to wear any of these creations, even if I hadn't heard the fascinating history of Rhyolite! Would you ever want to work with this stone? If so, what might you do with it?

If you enjoyed this post, you might also enjoy:

Moldavite: Stone of the Heavens and

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Until Next Time,

Sheila

 

 

 

 

 

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0 # Jonathan Huntress 2017-10-16 13:44
"Stonedraggers" cool name for a band.
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0 # Sortego mclaughlin 2017-10-16 15:04
Quoting Jonathan Huntress:
"Stonedraggers" cool name for a band.


Haha! I agree!
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