This is an elegant, delicate necklace of faceted, heat -treated panels of chalcedony (approximately ½ inch long and 7.5 mm deep), and made in soft, sea green and aquamarine colours. At various intervals, I have placed button shaped cultured, freshwater pearls (11 mm).
But the star of the necklace is the large, baroque, freshwater pearl pendant, (3 ½ inches long, ½ inch wide and 11m deep) set in sterling silver. It hangs between a pair of handmade fair trade silver beads, by the Karen hill tribes in Thailand.
Karen hill tribe Fair Trade silver is nearly 98% pure silver. I mostly choose to use their silver because each piece is like a miniature bit of sculpture, individually crafted and created. I know that artisans in Northern Thailand produce this unique silversmithing in small villages, involving whole families in the process. Their work is fairly paid, and as a result, their beads are much more expensive. But a family is supported and wonderful beads and jewellery are produced in high quality silver.
I have used a silver Karen hill tribe toggle clasp, in which the craftsman has twisted the silver. Toggle clasps are easy to use and secure. My silver name label is attached at the clasp.
The necklace is 18 inches long with a 1½ inch pendant drop.
The necklace comes, like all my necklaces, with it's own colour co-ordinated silk brocaded pouch bag, made by the Shanghai tailor.
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