SIZE: 10x20mm (approx.)
DRILLED: Horizontal, back to belly
STONE: Blue Goldstone (Manmade)
SHAPE: Mouse, Rat
PACKAGE: 1 Bead
These manmade glass beads are not pressed or molded, rather they are individually carved using the same lapidary techniques as gemstone beads.
GOLDSTONE: is a manmade material, a type of synthetic glass made with copper or copper salts in the presence of a reducing flame. Under normal oxidative conditions, copper ions meld into the silica to produce transparent bluish-green glass. When the reduced Goldstone melt cools, the copper remains in atomic isolation and precipitates into small crystalline clusters. The finished product can take a smooth polish and be carved into beads, figurines, or other items suitable for semiprecious stone. In fact, Goldstone is often mistaken or misrepresented as a natural gemstone.
The manufacturing process for Goldstone was discovered in seventeenth-century Venice by the Miotti family, which was granted an exclusive license by the Doge. Persistent folklore attributes the discovery and secret of Goldstone to an unnamed Italian monastic order, giving rise to the alternate name "Monk's Gold" or "Monkstone". Another name, "Stellaria", is based on the starry internal reflections.
Goldstone is considered a stone of ambition and drive. Because of its copper content, Goldstone is also believed to embody many of the same metaphysical properties associated with wearing copper, including strengthening the circulatory system, strengthening bones, and easing arthritis pain.
*Information regarding gemstone lore and metaphysical properties has been compiled from various sources and is for entertainment purposes only. No claims or promises are expressed or implied.*