Crystal Power

IN STYLE

August 02, 1992|By VIDA ROBERTS

Man has at his disposal futuristic technology, precision instruments and chemical formulas. Man can copy and imitate, but there is nothing on earth as beautiful and mysterious as nature's serendipitous mixing of elements to create a jewel. But for time and temperature, a glittering crystal could be a humble rock.

Here lapidary artists have carved druzy quartz from semi-precious geodes. A jeweler can take these stylized shapes and frame them in gold or enhance them with other precious stones. Hearts, stars and crescent moons in a sculptural pin setting have a modern look. But the glow and inner sparkle is thousands of years old and eternal.

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