Lava Stones

by labdagatic on May 19, 2018

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In the 19th Century Italian jewellers started using a new material, "lava stone" from Vesuvius, to make cameos which were different and original. The volcanic rock was easily engraved to make these high relief objects which gave a dramatic effect thanks to the nuances of grey, brown and white of the rock.

The process of making lava-stone objects today is highly sophisticated and more advance than they used to be.

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The volcanic rock or lava stone is melted at a very high temperature and then moulded, mixied with 10% resin to hold the compound together. The resins used are hypo-allergenic and the volcanic rock is a natural stone, thus making the jewellery 100% environmentally friendly. The beads and objects obtained from this process are of a striking black and soft to the touch. They are then combined with hallmarked sterling silver and /or semi-precious stones to create unique and exquisite jewellery pieces.

Vulcanites, rock framed as an after-effect of volcanic emissions. Depending upon the type of blast (a magma stream or explosive eruption), two sorts of rock form effusive and volcanogenic-detrital (pyroclastic). The second type is divided into friable (volcanic ash, sand, bombs, etc), compacted, and established rock (tuff, tuff breccia, and others).