Causandra presents this Corn Ring. She has spent hundreds of hours shaping each small "kernel" from a block of Rosarita. This is accented with Chrysophase and Lapis to represent the gemstone colors of Native Corn. Causandra said, that she will not be able to acquire this quality of gemstone as it has become unavailable.
Rosarita: This was more commonly called "Gold Slag." This stone was a result of the early gold mining days. The stone looks like slag glass. 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 the1960s 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. Old processes prior to 1960 used the old method of open crucible and fire (infused heat) to smelt the sand, leaving behind a glassy-like material in the crucible, which is known as slag. This gold slag was used in the 1940’s through 1970’s for jewelry, carvings, flint napping, etc. This material known as Rosarita is some of the most exceptional colored gold slag ever produced. The stone is approx. 5 1/8" by 5" and 1 1/2" thick. As the stone is irregular, the measurements are from the widest portions. A stone weighs about 1.6 pounds will convert to around 3600 carats.
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