Posted by Dakota Stones on 8/10/2020 to
Hypersthene is a pearly, lustry gemstone, that is a midpoint between enstatite or ferrosilite. It ranges in deep, dark colors with green or dark purple undertones, and the inclusions provide a unique appearance. We invite you to gaze into the deep, dark surface of these beads and admire its mysteries.
It’s existence in the gemstone world is a hotly debated topic, because it is a metamorphic rock, at the exact midpoint between two other minerals. The term comes from ancient Greece, and it means “over strength,” referring to the significant hardness of the material. This stone is particularly tough because it doesn’t often form individual crystals, and the lack of definition between minerals makes it more difficult to mine.The beads we source at Dakota Stone have a promising weight to them that makes them feel even fancier, like meteorite beads.
Hypersthene is rich in magnesium and iron. The stones we sell at Dakota Stones are A-grade, which means every stone produces a silver shine, and the surrounding stone is a deep, rich black with a purple tone. Most lower grades of hypersthene have green tones, or are even brown.
For a very long time hypersthene was almost completely unavailable, and higher grade samples were almost impossible to find. Recently, we’ve managed to get our hands on some high-grade samples to make into the rounds we’re selling now.
Hypersthene has an interesting history, too. It was first named in the early 1800’s before it was identified as a metamorphic stone, which is what led to the confusion surrounding its name and type. The chatoyancy in hypersenthe has earned it the nickname “velvet labradorite,” in recent years, and it is even mined in the same area in Labrador, Canada. It can also be found in the Adirondack Mountains in the United States! That being said, this stone is not closely related to labradorite at all. Labradorite is a feldspar mineral, and the chatoyancy found in those stones tend to shift between fiery orange and blue-greens. Hypersthene can be found near igneous rocks, too. Because it is formed partially from iron, some meteorites have been collected with hypersthene found throughout.
Since hypersthene has metallic silver inclusions throughout, including silver in your designs would bring out the schiller. Since these stones are a neutral color, you should feel comfortable designing pieces for anyone.
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