This is an easy necklace to slip on with just about anything.
The natural, purple fluorite Bi disc at 1 inch across (2.5 cm) and 6.5 mm deep, compliments the natural grey, baroque cultured, freshwater pearls (9.8 mm). Their grey colour has been dyed.
An oval purple fluorite bread (11 mm x 16 mm) surmounts the disc. And natural amethyst nuggets (8 mm) are interspersed among the pearls.
The Bi disc is a symbol of harmony and long life. But it can also be an emblem for the universal source of energy, known as "Chi".
Amethyst is the birthstone for February.
Fluorite naturally occurs in a multitude of colours, from purple, green and yellow to blue and pink; some colours are quite intense and almost electric. These colour variations are caused by various impurities in the mineral. Fluorite is made up of calcium fluoride and has a transparent appearance.
Dyed pearls, which most pearls are, come about through a number of techniques. The one I know, through someone who has a pearl farm in China, is one in which the pearls are placed for a month or more in a container with a liquid saturated with a powder dye. Electrodes gently move the pearls about so that they are evenly coloured. Although people say the colour can fade, I have been working (and wearing) dyed pearls for many years. As long as you don't spray perfume or hairspray onto the pearls, the colour remains. None of my pearls have faded.
I have then knotted the silk/polyester cord with a fine, traditional Chinese "flat knot'. This is not only a classical Chinese technique, but it lightens the necklace and makes it quite comfortable to wear. It also sets off the design.
I have used a silver toggle clasp. Toggle clasps are easy to use and secure. My silver name label is attached at the clasp.
The necklace comes, like all my necklaces, with its own colour co-ordinated silk brocaded pouch bag, made by a Shanghai tailor.
The necklace is 16 inches long (40.5 cm) with a1 ¾ inch pendant drop (4.5 cm).
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