Featured Black Spots inside the Rhinestone on Pendant

Discussion in 'Jewelry' started by cxgirl, Jun 14, 2024.

  1. cxgirl

    cxgirl Well-Known Member

    Hi All, wondering what the black spots are inside the rhinestone on this pendant? I've never noticed something like the before, wondering if it is common. I didn't notice them until l looked at the photos, they are very small. The pendant is about 1 1/2"L, not sure if new or has some age to it.
    any information is appreciation
    thanks for looking:) DSCF1675.jpeg DSCF1670.jpeg DSCF1676.jpeg DSCF1677.jpeg
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  2. Hollyblue

    Hollyblue Well-Known Member

    Hard to tell in the photo,it may be quartz with inclusions. https://www.arkansasminerals.com/pr...kuPxbSOvUyJASB6WjAVsShwQZtnFirN9o17PxRlNjO02I
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  3. pewter2

    pewter2 Well-Known Member

    is it rutilated quartz ????
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  4. Ownedbybear

    Ownedbybear Well-Known Member

    The back is probably silvered, like an old mirror. That breaks down.
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  5. Any Jewelry

    Any Jewelry Well-Known Member

    That is my impression as well.
    Just to be sure, cx, if you look at the crystal from the side, the stone horizontally at eye level, do you still see the spots? If you do, they are likely to be inside the crystal. If you don't, they are specks of disintegrating foil.
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  6. Lucille.b

    Lucille.b Well-Known Member

    This is a very good suggestion.

    Looking at the 3rd photo (when I enlarge it) it does look like some kind of quartz, those spots appear embedded. But then the next photo looks more like a loss of silvering. Try AJ's suggestion.

    What an unusual pendant. I'm wonder how old it is and the origin. It's unusual. Nice!
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  7. cxgirl

    cxgirl Well-Known Member

    thanks for all the replies folks:)

    thanks Holly:) it does look similar

    thanks bear, I never thought of that:)

    thanks AJ:) yes, the spots are still there, so maybe some type of quartz?

    thanks Lucille, I thought it was nice too:)

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  8. Any Jewelry

    Any Jewelry Well-Known Member

    Yes, looks like it could be rock crystal.:) Do you see any irisation (rainbow colours) when you move it around in sunlight?
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  9. Marie Forjan

    Marie Forjan Well-Known Member

    I don't know. The area I circled looks transparent but the rest looks foiled. I suspect a rhinestone with the foiling gone in the transparent area. The metal looks like it was cleaned with metal polish and I would worry, if it's a rhinestone, that it got wet in the process and the foiling has been damaged.

    I would use a sharp knife or single edge razor blade to gently open up the prongs holding the stone in the setting (wear glasses for safety!!!!!) and look at the back of the stone. You could just do 2 of the prongs on 1 of the long sides. You can easily place the stone back in the setting and fold the prongs back down.

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