If I had to pick a gemstone that caught the fancy of many beaders, then it would be bronzite, a form of the mineral enstatite. Bronzite is well named as it has a sub-metallic lustre due to the presence of ferrous (iron)oxide. The correct name for bronzite is actually altered enstatite but this gemstone deserves a more attractive moniker.

The bronzite tiles in my collection were large and only suitable for larger jewelry pieces such as this necklace. But Carol was pleased to see the new smaller tiles from Widget's Beads as they were just perfect for earrings. Carol added pewter beads and topaz coloured seed beads on either side of the tiles. The resulting earrings are unique and definitely a conversation piece with Carol's co-workers.

Beader Design #117
The Beading Gem's Journal
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