Gemstones from The Deep
Inspired by the land, ocean and stars, our new collection includes upcycled brass jewelry featuring petrified wood, amethyst and jasper accents unearthed from the boundless deep. These otherworldly agates and quartzes are cut and hand-polished by our artisan partners in Ethiopia into one-of-a-kind semi-precious stones that vary in color, reflecting a myriad of hues.
Petrified Wood: a rainbow of quartz
Millions of years ago, sweeping currents carried logs miles and miles and buried them so deep, deep underground that they were starved of oxygen and remained dormant for centuries. Lying untouched on the ocean floor, the wood crystallized as minerals seeped into the cavities and turned it into fossils. At the wood’s core fragments of jewel-like quartzes in a rainbow of colors reveal themselves in surprising abundance. The state gem of Washington, Petrified Wood is believed to help you establish deep roots and stay calm, grounded and stable.
Amethyst: a gem of fire
The essence of the color purple, amethyst is a crystalline quartz which ranges from pale lilac to a deep magenta. Its purple hue is derived from iron atoms which form in crystals lining basalt rocks and hollow geodes so big you can stand in them. In ancient times, the amethyst was known as a ‘gem of fire’ – a stone worth, according to history, as much as a diamond. A powerful and protective semi-precious stone, amethyst is the birthstone for February. The patron of romantic love, St. Valentine, wore an amethyst ring carved with the image of Cupid.
Jasper: swirling patterns
An ancient gemstone that appears several times in the bible, jasper means ‘spotted or speckled stone’ and exists in many forms, hidden within the earth’s crust. Though it can be solid, it usually appears to be flecked with a multitude of colors and unique patterns created by the presence of mineral impurities. Earth tones – reds, browns, oranges, yellows and greens – are most widely found but ocean blues and celestial purples are not unheard of. Revered by the ancients, it is thought to bring a sense of peace, patience and understanding.