- Materials: Silver
- Artists: Arnold Horowitz
- Gemstones: Desert Druzy, Fluorite, Tanzanite
- Styles: Gemstone Jewelry
- Categories: Pendants
(blue to purple / Hardness: 6.5 - 7 / Source: Tanzania)
Tanzanite is the purple and blue variety of Zoisite, and is only found in a small mining area at the base of Mt Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, hence its name. It has an effect of trichroism, where it can appear blue, violet and burgundy depending on its crystal orientation and different lighting. Tanzanite is a stone of transformation; it lets you better know your deeper self, so you can move beyond your boundaries and limitations, harnessing your inner strength to achieve your goals. This stone is also thought to encourage confidence, self-control, clarity of thought and strategic thinking.
Fluorite (also called fluorspar) is the mineral form of calcium fluoride; it belongs to the halide minerals and is dubbed “the most colorful mineral in the world”. Many fluorite stones exhibit fluorescence under ultraviolet light, a property that it takes its name from. Fluorite is often called the “Genius stone” as it supports mental aptitude; encouraging concentration, discernment and the absorption of new knowledge.
(Gentle dusty pink, warm brown; hardness 2-2.5; Occurrence: found in many desert areas, Mexico, Morocco, Algeria…)
The term "druzy" refers to the thin layer of tiny crystals formed on a host stone. When the ground water that carries dissolved silica is forced to get filled into a porous area of rock, rapid cooling occurs and it causes the formation of minute crystals. A Desert Rose is a naturally occurring formation of baryte or gypsum. The rosette tends to form in arid sandy conditions, and can form as a single “blossom” or a cluster of rosettes. Aids in meditation, clarity of the mind, self-confidence and self worth. It is a stone which represents standing your ground and knowing your own truth.
Born in Houston, Texas, influenced by his Dutch mother, Arnold Horowitz showed an intense interest in stones as a youngster. His passion for stones established himself as a name in the custom-handmade jewelry business. Arnold’s wife Meenakshi Soni Horowitz, an art student from N.Delhi, now leads the designing team. Their unique designs of SOLOS seeks to combine natural stones, fossils and crystalline minerals, with faceted and cabochon stones, so that each piece is not just a piece of jewelry but is an interesting story of collectable gemstones.