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quartz and silver 2This is a beautiful, clear, natural Quartz crystal and silver pendant to use as a necklace or for crystal healing and insights (or both!). Approx. 35 mm long including bale (or approx. 1 1/2") and approx. 15 mm. (a bit over 1/2") wide. Exclusively for our friends and fans, please remember you can use code 14123 for a 20% discount on this or anything else in the shop!


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niobiumNiobium is a light gray base metal that is typically anodized into six different colors.  This process involves putting the metal item into an acid bath and passing an electric current through the tank.  Oxygen atoms bond to the item's surface, which creates a lustrous sheen.  Some of the nicest specimens we've seen have been earrings -- though one can find niobium bracelets, beads, pendants, and more.  These beautiful earrings, offered by Sozra Gallery of Jewelry and Art, are a good example of this stunning, rainbow-like material.  Finding Niobium can be tricky, but it's worth the effort.  Many who are allergic to certain metals (such as aluminum, titanium, and magnesium) can almost always tolerate them when they are anodized with niobium.


0 # Luiz Fernando 2015-02-15 23:07
Belíssima joia anodizada em nióbio!
O nióbio é também encontrado no mineral Columbita.Onde há maior concentração de Nióbio e menor presença de Tântalo.
Ambos,metais muito importantes.
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0 # sheilamclaughlin 2015-02-16 11:22
Thank you for commenting, Luiz! I'm not sure -- were you offering a source for buying Niobium?
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