Word of the Week: Aurora Borealis

Some pieces of jewelry have what we call aurora borealis (or just “aurora”) rhinestones. These are stones that have an iridescent sheen to them. They often make the jewelry sparkle and really stand out, and come in a variety of different colors. The most common is just the clear iridescence, but I’ve also seen blue and red ones quite often as well.

Here are some examples:

Here is a small group of jewelry, each piece being made up of aurora borealis rhinestones.

Typically, this is what aurora stones look like. These are the ones with “clear” iridescence – they have no particular hue to them, but are just shiny with a rainbow of colors.

These, however, have more of a blue tone to them. They’re still iridescent, but you can distinctly see that the blue overpowers the other colors.

These also have blue aurora stones, but there are some reddish-pink ones too.

Have you ever come across something like this before? Did you know what they were called? Which color is your favorite? I really like the red ones.


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