Nature is quite extraordinary. It is as if someone drew crosses on these brown stone discs. But that someone was nature. Chiastolite is of the Andalusite variety of minerals, noted for its distinctive cross-shaped black inclusions of graphite. The name is derived from the Greek word "chiastos" meaning cruciform. Often referred to as the Cross Stone, it has been mined in Georgetown California.
To combine Chiastolite with simple, matching discs of silver, makes this an easy to wear necklace, for summer or winter, jeans or cords, a white shirt or camisole.
The nut-brown discs of Chiastolite are 1½ "across (3 cm) and 8 .5 mm thick.
The silver discs are made in China. They have taken sheets of sterling silver and moulded it around the shape of a perfectly round pebble. They are just under 1½" (3 cm) and 11 mm thick.
At the end of the necklace two handmade nests of sterling silver wire beads (9.6 mm), called "nests of joy", are made in Thailand.
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 19¼ inches long (49 cm).
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