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RW35 Brian Yatsattie calsilica ram fetish


It has now been established that rainbow calsilica is a man-made material (See Additional Information) Buy this extraordinary ram with that in mind and enjoy the vibrant colors and craftsmanship of Zuni Brian Yatsattie, who has refined his technique to a remarkable level, as shown.  RW35  1.25" x 1.5" x .5"

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It has now been established that calsilica, like Fordite, is a man-made material, resembling natural stone only in its accumulation of paint or slag, which hardens over time until it is firm enough to be carved. Gemologists believe it found its way from Mexican tile factories into rock seams where it stayed for eons, acquiring characteristics of natural stone.

Fordite, on the other hand is the aggregated over-spray of vibrant auto paint, which collects on the tracks that move vehicles along the assembly line and into ovens, where the intense heat bakes stratified layers into a hardened mass.

Both materials carve like stone and present extraordinarily vibrant colors. Like, lab opal, its value is in how the artist uses it, in our opinion. It is important that a purchaser know it is not the equivalent of natural stones such as turquoise or lapis. If you buy with that in mind, you  should be very happy with it.