I have used a variety of cultured freshwater pearls from sticks and rice to knobby and round, in colors ranging from white, cream, pink, mauve, chartreuse, bronze to create this delightful triple strand necklace. Found among the pearls are faceted teardrop shaped pink Chalcedony, oval shaped peach moonstone, little rondelles of neon green Peridot, and carved flower shaped orange Carnelian. A pair of long earrings with a sampling of all the gemstones completes the set. Very pretty!
Carnelian is associated with the heart and emotional warmth, considered by some to promote courage, confidence and self-motivation. It is the alternate birthstone for July. In Arabic and Oriental cultures it was thought to protect the wearer from the 'evil eye' of envious persons.
Peridot is the birthstone for the month of August and for the 16th wedding anniversary. It is a beautiful olive green gemstone formed during volcanic eruptions and found in volcanic rock. Peridot was thought to make ones dreams come true.
Pearls are thought to represent innocence and integrity. A favorite with brides. It is the birthstone for June.
Moonstone comes in a variety of colors, ranging from colorless to gray, brown, yellow, pink and peach. The clarity can also range from transparent to translucent. It is used in India to foretell the future and is given to newly weds to help forecast their future together. Moonstone is also thought to help cope with stress by calming the mind and soothing the spirit. It is considered so effective that the gemstone is ground and used by ayurvedic doctors to cure anxiety. The gemstone is found in India, Sri Lanka and Burma. In the USA it is found in Virginia and Pennsylvania.
14K Gold-Filled (14K GF) beads are made by bonding a layer of 14K gold with high pressure and heat to base metal and then shaped as desired. Industry standard requires that the quantity of gold be at least 1/20th of the total weight and the Karat measurement must be marked.
Vermeil is sterling silver heavily electroplated with 22K gold.
Length: shortest strand is 18 inches, longest 20 inches.
Beading Wire: 0.14"/49 strand clear-coated stainless steel professional quality beading wire with 14K gold-filled crimps, and gold tone wire guards.
Bead size: various; pearl sticks are about 20 mm long, Carnelian flowers 6 mm round, Chalcedony teardrops about 12 mm long, and others all sizes in between.
Clasp: Round Vermeil triple-strand hook and eye clasp.
Earrings: 2 and 1/8th inches long, geometric ear hooks and all other metal components are of 14 K Gold-Fill. All ear wires from Sundancegems come with a clear medical grade PVC ear clutch or stopper. These fit snug on the ear wire, and prevent you from loosing your earrings.
Care: Clean with soft fabric, or non-abrasive polishing cloth. Avoid direct contact with perfumes, hairspray, and deodorants. Jewelry should be worn after application of cosmetics. Store wrapped in soft fabric or sealed in plastic bag.
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