To the Wind - Blue Kyanite, Arizona Wild Horse, and Sterling Silver. The toggle clasp is a
unique, large piece of Kyanite set in sterling silver - Truly one of a kind! $68
Wild Horse is the name given to this stone, whose geological name is magnesite, which is a
mixture of magnesite/hematite. It is a fairly new stone that was discovered in the mid-90's
near the Globe copper mine in the Gila wilderness area of southern Arizona. Some have
called it Wild Horse Turquoise but it is not turquoise. Since, so far, there only seems to be
one source for Wild Horse, and also because of its beauty, it retains a high value and is
remarkably popular. It is a rare formation of magnesite-hematite found only in Globe, Arizona.
Kyanite - A shimmery stone with unusual properties. The color is not always uniform; it can
be blotchy or streaky. The crystals are transparent to translucent, and are found in long
blades or columns. Kyanite forms during regional metamorphism under elevated temperatures
and pressures, in rocks such as gneiss and schist. While most minerals have just one
hardness, kyanite has a range of 4.5-6.5; the hardness varies depending on which way the
stone is scratched (because kyanite's crystals are so long and thin). Kyanite is seldom faceted
due to difficulties in cutting and remains an unusual collector's gem.
Little historical information is available on kyanite, but it has been mined around the world for
at least a century. Considered to be very powerful energetically and metaphysically, kyanite
has been called "the tripping stone." It is a stone of channeling, altered states, vivid dreams,
dream recall and visualizations, and is said to give protection during these states. Believed to
bring loyalty, honesty and tranquility, kyanite is also attributed with diminishing anger and
confusion. Notable occurrences of this stone exist in Brazil, the U.S.A. (North Carolina and
Georgia), Switzerland, Russia, Serbia, India, Kenya, Myanmar and Australia.
Thai silver is made in northern Thailand using traditional tribal methods passed down from
generation to generation. The silver content in Thai silver beads is typically 95-99%, even
higher than sterling (92.5%). This higher silver content is softer and therefore easier to shape
into all the unique and wonderful styles. On close inspection you will notice that no two
pieces are exactly alike, attesting to the handmade nature of these beautiful pieces.