This necklace is made from a set of black and red magnificent lampwork glass beads, handmade by artisan Jane Perala. The necklace is made of natural Jet rondelles and red velvet glass rondelles. The front of the necklace has two large Swarovski Jet faceted rondelles and lampwork black and red discs as well as two red lampwork rounds. The focal is a luscious red 'Ancient Coin'. The coin with its tassels is dangled from the necklace by black greek leather. The beads are highlighted and separated with wavy spacers of 14K gold filled and jet rondelles. Closure is with an opulent radiant square gold-plated lead free Pewter toggle clasp made in the USA. A pair of matching earrings with red lampwork beads and Swarovski faceted beads completes the set. Lovely, unique and one-of-a-kind!
Natural Jet is the product of high pressure decomposition of wood from millions of years ago. It is lightweight, of course like wood, and easily carved and polished. Historians and archaeologists have traced jewelry from Jet back to ancient times. More recently, Queen Victoria made it popular by incorporating it into her mourning clothes and jewelry, when she was mourning the death of her husband, Prince Albert. It was also popular for making into rosaries for European monks. In the USA it became popular during the roaring 20s, for use in the familiar long flapper necklaces.
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.
Length: 18.5 inches.
Beading Wire: 0.19"/49 strand black color coated stainless steel professional quality beading wire with 14K gold-filled crimps, and crimp covers.
Bead size: coin 30 mm (1 inch); 15 mm red rounds (0.5 inch); 17 mm discs; jet rondelles 4 x 8 mm;
Earrings: almost 1.5 inches from your piercing. All metal components are 14K gold filled.
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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