Danburite: A "New" Jewelry Stone
Loose Danburite Stone
Sparkle and Shine!
Danburite is a relatively "new" stone in the jewelry world, having stayed undiscovered until the early 1800s. Named for Danbury, Connecticut USA, (where it was originally found) most jewelry quality Danburite is today from Mexico.
Made up of calcium, silicon, boron, and oxygen, and found mostly in metamorphic host rocks, Danburite tends to be a lovely white, clear to translucent stone. There are Danburites with pale color variations of pink and even yellow. But for the fugal jewelry buyer looking for a lovely large sparkling white stone, and a big, big diamond is not in the budget, a Danburite can fit the bill nicely!
Large Danburite In 10K Gold
On the Mohs Scale of hardness, the Danburite ranks in at 7 to 7.5. Comparing this to other jewelry stones, it hits within the same range as emeralds, with emeralds going at 7.5 to 8. Rubies rank at 9, with diamonds the leader at 10. So while not being as hard as other desirable stones, Danburite can hold it's on when comparing prices. And as mentioned above, you can get a very large and striking cut Danburite for a fraction of what a diamond the same size would cost.
For me the "other white stone", the white topaz, has never been appealing. I don't even like white topaz as accent stones to tell the truth. They just tend to look a bit dull and sluggish. (I prefer topaz with color!) Yet a clear white Danburite, on the other hand, has tons of sparkle and depth, giving it a very luxurious look and feel.
Danburites set well in silver or either shade of gold, and can look very substantial in both of these precious metals.
Danburites also make wonderful additions for those who collect stones apart from jewelry pieces. Very pretty raw specimens are becoming more and more available, at really great prices. Loose, cut Danburites are also out there for those who wish to choose or create their jewelry settings for a particular stone, or apart from the stone. Adding Danburites to a pre-made mount or semi-mount can really make a beautiful, and very personal piece of jewelry.
Artistic Wire Wrapped Rough Danburite with Rough Ruby Bead
Since Danburite is a bit new to the jewelry world, it isn't always available at your local jewelry store. But it's popularity is growing, and there are good online sources for very pretty stones. With any jewelry purchase, shop, shop, shop before making a finale choice. The same goes for your Danburite purchase, whether in person, or online buying. And be sure the seller or supplier has an iron clad customer satisfaction policy! Then when you get your beautiful Danburite... Wear it!
As always.... Shine on!