Druzy is distinctive. It's easy to spot and identify. But what about the easily overlooked science-y stuff? This week, we're taking a quick look.

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Druzy (AKA Drusy, Druse, Drusie) is a thin layer of crystals covering the surface of a host stone. The term refers to the tiny crystals formed within or on another stone. Druzy Quartz is the most commonly found due to the presence of silica worldwide, however, druzy can be formed from many other minerals. Different druzy varieties will have distinct color, crystal size, and luster.

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Formation
Druzy crystals form when water brings minerals onto a rock's surface. After the water evaporates, the minerals left behind form crystals on the rock.The colors of the crystals will vary based on the minerals forming the crystal.

Care and Cleaning
Wipe druzy clean with a soft, dry cloth. DO NOT use harsh chemicals or ultrasonic cleaners. Other chemicals that can damage druzy include chlorine bleach, denatured alcohol, turpentine,acetone, and ammonia. These chemicals can dull the surface and cause pitting. (This can be true with other stones, too.)

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It's always good practice to remove jewelry before showering, swimming, or bathing. In addition, common beauty products like shampoo, hair spray, lotion, and perfume should be applied before your jewelry to minimize exposure.