This wonderful vintage necklace is called "Pools of Light". It is a rock crystal polished into a single uncut, undrilled orb. It is then secured on the outside with is either a vermeil sterling or brass repousse bands. I've hung this beautiful pendant from a watch chain and put the orb on a "Y" chain both of which are gold filled. The chain measures 18" to the top of the "Y" and hangs an additional 2". The orb is 3/4" wide not including the bail. Beautiful!
These fascinating balls of crystal are as timeless and classic today as they were during the Art Deco era. It seems almost all jewelry that is clear and might be crystal is being called Pools of Light. I have seen many jewelry pieces tagged as Pools of Light and they are not. How do you know if it is real and what to look for so you’ll know your buying a true piece of Pools of Light Jewelry?
Pools of Light orbs are never drilled. This destroys the unique characteristic of double light refraction, where things viewed through the orb appear upside down and backward. Glass does not possess double light refraction qualities either. Pools of Light orbs are made from quartz and will register as such on a gem tester anything less and it is not Pools of Light jewelry. The round and polished orbs of crystal allow light to shine through and form a pool of light on the other side. When bright light hits them they change from clear orbs to an intense glowing white.
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