Resembling something designed and built by the BORG collective, the piece in question is a Spessartine/ite garnet from Brasil that has been etched by caustic fluids at some point in its geological history, probably by partial dissolution when the granite that parented it was slowly cooling and stewing in its own juices. Named after the town of Spessart in Germany that was the original type location they vary from orangey yellow (mandarin or malaya garnet) to red.
Spessartine forms a solid solution series with other red garnets, with the mantle sourced pyrope garnets (along with chrome diopside a diamond indicator mineral that erupts in the same kimberlite that carries the diamonds up from the mantle), the mostly metamorphic iron Almandine garnets and these that form mostly in Earth distilled granitic rocks. Garnets in a rock are used as both geobarometers and geothermometers to gauge the ambient temperature and pressure conditions in which the rock formed, and hence the volcanic or metamorphic event.
The colour is caused by manganese, and it can also be recognised by its inclusions in a hand lens, which consist of veil patterns of fluid and crystalline inclusions. Major sources include the Umba valley in Tanzania and Kenya (also famous for corundums), Nigeria and Namibia. Colours are natural as these gems are not treated. This crystal is a floater that grew without contact with the walls of the pocket, measures 7.5 x 6.5 x 3 cm and weighs around 215 grams.
Welcome back to FRIDAY FASHION FACT! Today
we’re talking about one of the most common pieces of historical dress:
busks! Never heard of a busk? You’re not alone. Despite the fact that
busks were worn for centuries, very few people today have ever heard of
them. This is likely due to the fact that a busk is almost never seen.
begin with, what exactly is a busk? Essentially, it is a narrow, stiff
piece that is placed down the center front of a corset. They can be
traced back to be beginning of corsets (which you can read here.) The
busk added additional support to the weakest part of the corset, since
the majority of pressure put on a corset occurs when a woman bends
forward. Of course, with a busk, this movement becomes seriously
hindered. The perceived benefit of the busk was that it aided in
perfecting posture, which was key when presenting oneself as high class
and proper. Additionally, busks shaped the front bodice to be perfectly
flat, as was the style from the start of corsets through the end of the
The preferred material for busks was
whalebone, which was stiff enough to shape and support, yet supple
enough to allow for slight movement. Wood was commonly used as well, as
it was far more affordable, but it also tended to be more brittle. Bone
was occasionally used, too. The busk was slipped into a pocket in the
front of stays or stiffened bodices, which would then be laced closed
with a piece called a “busk point.” Busks were often ornately decorated
with etchings, just as most pieces of historical clothing were often
decorated, whether seen by the public or not. As the piece was so
hidden, close to the body, and personal, it became a common gift for a
man to give his lover. Men would often take great care in carving
personal decorations, typically with hearts, initials, and other
romantic themes. The practice was particularly common among sailors on
whaling ships, who would create busks while at sea for the women they
The shape of busks varied slightly throughout
the centuries, becoming more straight or tapered, or longer or shorter,
depending on what was the popular bodice shape at the time. It wasn’t
until the mid 19th Century, though, that busks made a dramatic
transformation. During the Industrial Revolution, it became common to
use steel in shapewear- namely corsets and cage crinolines. It was soon
discovered that this durable material could be used to split
the busk into two pieces, with studs and loops that hooked together in the
front of corsets, revolutionizing the way that they were taken on and
off. This system is still used in corsets to this day, though often with
hook and eyes instead of studs. With the front closure, it was suddenly
far easier to put a corset on by oneself, without needing to
significantly loosen the laces. However, since the studs and loops stuck
out of the fabric, yet were attached to the busk itself, busks no
longer were removable, and instead were permanently enclosed in the
front of the corset.
In the 1870s, the spoon busk was
created, which was wider and rounded at the bottom of the corset. This
shape dispersed the pressure on the wearer, preventing the bulge that
commonly occurred where the corset ended. Despite it’s visual appeal,
the curved bottom of the spoon was not ideal as it would dig into the
wearer. They therefore faded out of style by the end of the 19th
Century. Shortly after, though, the busk faded away altogether, as
corsets fell out of fashion in the late 1910s. Thankfully, a few of
those early busks survive as reminders of otherwise long forgotten
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modern hammered and classic vine his-and-hers gold wedding bands by palefishny
i’ve spent this week focusing on valentine’s day finds, and today is no different — but you’ll notice a decidedly wedding vibe this theme thursday. let’s kick things off with a pair of wedding bands in shining gold — his and hers, hammered and floral, gorgeous and special. you can even get something engraved inside.
vintage elephant locket on long chain by freshyfig
detailed with etched patterns, this large brass elephant charm is actually a locket that used to hold a vial of cream perfume. now, the open space is the perfect hiding spot for your favorite trinkets.