This is a four strand necklace made up of lime green cultured, freshwater Keshi pearls at 4 mm, interspersed with a good almost royal blue lapis nugget also at 4mm.
The pearls have, or course been dyed, but then most pearls are. This is clearly not a natural colour, but it is striking and works well with all sorts of clothes. Dyed pearls 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 love Keshi pearls because they give a necklace a delightful ruff like appearance. Keshi are a nucleus free pearl which forms in the cavities where the first generation pearl once grew. Keshi are free form and rather resemble cornflakes. But they also can create an edgy, contemporary look.
There are two silver beads made in Afghanistan in the traditional method of working a sheet of silver over hardened resin, and then working decoratively on the bead.
I use a silver toggle clasp because it is easy to use and quite secure.
The necklace is 17 inches long and with the four strands, 2 1/2 inches deep.
The necklace comes, like all my necklaces, with it's own silk brocaded pouch bag, made by the Shanghai tailor.
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