Gemstone of the Month: Septarian

March 07, 2018 Allison Bray

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Technically, we’re cheating a bit by naming Septarian as our gemstone of the month. Why? Because it isn’t really a gemstone at all, it’s actually a rock formed of mud and clay that has split to display a collection of gemstones.
The word ‘septarian’ itself comes from the Latin ‘septum’, meaning partition. It describes a nodule of rock that contains angular concretions filled with gorgeous calcite crystals. Many separations also contain pyrite or siderite, which gives the gems inside the cracks a distinctive yellowy gold hue.
It’s thanks to this ‘breaking out’ effect that separation gets it’s alternative (and rather more impressive, if you ask us) name; dragon’s stone. 

Worn best with… 

Septarian is more often used for decorative homewares rather than jewellery. However, that’s no reason not to embrace it as body decor too! 
We think the yellow and orange tones in this type of rock look wonderful paired with yellow gold metals.

Famous Septarian… 

Some of the most famous separation nodules in the world can be found in New Zealand. Though these gorgeous gems are rather too heavy to wear(!), we hear they are breathtaking in person.
The Moeraki Boulders, found along the coast of the South Island, New Zealand, are a collection of boulders of up to three meters in diameter. These very impressive rocks contain rare late-stage quartz. 
If you’d like to see an example a little closer to home, there are some beautiful examples of Septarian to be found along the Kimmeridge Clay cliffs along the Wessex coast of England. 

More inspiration… 

If you’d like to make the beauty of septarian part of your outfit, we think you’ll love these septarian inspired silk scarves by Richard Weston. 
Large Septarian Silk Scarf | Medium Septarian Silk Scarf

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