Sparkling and twinkling, druzy entices me with its tiny little sugar-coated secrets.
The less romantic way to explain this glittering material is this: a coating of fine crystals on a rock surface.
Quartz druzy in a cavity:
Uvarovite garnet druzy on a rock:
Often, metallic films are vaporized onto quartz druzes for spectacular effects.
Coated with Titanium:
Coated with Gold:
Another way to change the color of a quartz druzy is with dye:
Occasionally, as with the uvarovite garnet druzy, other colors occur in nature.
Cobalto Calcite druzy occurs in some very nice pinks:
Rainbow pyrite (excessive handing can dull the color):
One of my personal favorites, Blue Chalcedony druzy:
Many other kinds of druzy can be found on the market from subtle, rare beauties to dyed and coated exhibitionists.