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Price: AU$ 299 (free worldwide shipping)
This necklace is, like all of our other pieces, a one-off design, intended for a woman that appreciates individuality and commitment to quality. The beads for this substantial necklace have been collected all over the world and put together to create a piece of strong contrast. The piece contains, amongst others, these semi-precious beads:
- The focal point of this necklace is a large Agate geode from Brazil, complemented with two sets of African Queen Jasper.
- Lava beads from Indonesia. Lava beads start life as molten rock of over 1,000 degrees Celsius. Because of the air entrapped in the flowing lava these eye-catching beads are surprisingly light.
- Although the ore for Turquoise (stabilized and bleached) comes from California, these beads have been sourced from China. Owing to a culture of thousands of years of bead making, some of the world’s best lapidaries are still found in China. Chemically speaking, these stunning beads are turquoise stone – minus the copper components – and as such they appear white, rather than bluish green. While the world knows and trades these stones as stabilized & dyed Turquoise, these semi-precious beads are technically speaking made from Howlite. Howlite is characterized by eye-catching contrasting charcoal veins, and because it is very porous, it takes up dye easily to look lustrous in its own right.
- Fossilized Crinoids – early stalked relatives of feather stars, sometimes called water lilies, that lived in the world’s ocean since the Ordovician period 490 million years ago. Because their stalk is made from calcareous material and the ocean sediment is an ideal environment for Crinoids to become fossilized, every circle on the grey coloured bead represents a perfect cross-section through one animal. These beads were sourced from Hong Kong.
- Foraminifera discs– the calcareous remains of one of the largest single cell marine organism in the world bought on a small market in Porta Vila, Vanuatu
- Two different types of agate are part of this necklace: weathered Agate (yellow mottled) and crab fire Agate (brown tube) from Brazil
- Carved bone tunnel bead from Indonesia
- Sterling silver plated and Tibetan silver beads sourced from South Korea