This is quite a feminine necklace with its purple and lilac colours contrasted with the white of the freshwater baroque cultured pearls. But I wanted to give it a slight edge with the heart pendant topped by a jaunty horizontal freshwater cultured stick pearl.
The stones are fluorite, a lovely crystal with it’s naturally occurring spectrum of colours, such as yellow, green, blue and as in this necklace, violet. It often shows banding patterns as well.
The pendant consists of a violet fluorite heart( 10mm long and 11mm wide and 1.7 mm deep) with a cultured, baroque white, freshwater stick pearl( 1.6 mm wide and13.8 mm long) and a vintage traditionally made Afghan bead(3 mm) of 18 karat gold on silver on a hardened resin base.
For centuries, the Afghan artisans have worked with a rich, yellow 18 karat gold, an expensive material. But being clever workers, they extended their skills by working the gold and covering elements, such as beads, of hardened resin, a much less expensive material. This is a time consuming craft that requires skill, and although the gold is not solid throughout, it is still expensive, and when purchased, even today, it is sold by the weight. Because it is this warm yellow gold, carefully worked, I love using their materials.
In between the elements of the pendant are gold on silver carved beads.
The necklace itself consists of purple fluorite lantern shaped beads(5.7 mm) and banded violet fluorite round beads(5.3mm), all interspersed with white baroque cultured freshwater pearls(.44m).
The clasp is a gold on silver toggle clasp, a type of clasp I prefer because it is secure and easy to use. I have also attached at the clasp, my silver name copyright label.
The necklace comes in it’s own silk brocade draw-string bag, colour coordinated with the necklace and made by a Shanghai tailor. In this case, the brocade will be a lilac Chinese design, as illustrated in the photo. All my necklaces include a label describing the details of the necklace’s elements.
The necklace is 19” long with a 5 cm pendant drop.
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