I call it the 'top of the world' because I have used beads from Nepal up in the HImalayan Mountains to build this necklace. This asymmetrical beauty has at its center a brass bead inlaid with Turquoise and Coral handmade in Nepal by Tibetan artisans. Four graduated rondelles of smooth Turquoise from the Hubei province of China, a repousse brass bead handmade in Nepal, flanked by brass cross bars, a wooden round bead, some bright orange Carnelian rondelles and Lapis Lazuli ovals. On either side the necklace continues with faceted rondelles of earthy Bronzite and smaller rounds of Lapis Lazuli. Each bead, or sets of beads are separated by small granulated brass beads. I loved bringing all these wonderful beads to together, and I hope some beautiful person will enjoy them just as much!
Repousse is an ancient art of embossing metal by raising the design from the metal surface by hammering and pressing on the reverse side.
Turquoise is associated with gods and goddesses of many ancient cultures from China, the Middle East, and the Americas. It was worn by Pharoahs and Aztec Kings. Native Americans used the stone symbolizing the sea and sky coming together, to bless warriors and hunters. Turquoise is thought to attract prosperity and success, enhance creativity and communication. Turquoise is the alternate birthstone for December. Almost all turquoise has been treated with a transparent resin in order to stabilize it, as it is a fragile stone in an untreated state.
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.
Lapis lazuli gets its name from the Latin and Persian (Iranian) words for `blue stone'. The color of this gemstone ranges from light blue to deep royal blue. The darker the blue the more valuable the gemstone. It is characterized by glittering specks of golden pyrite and imitation Lapis lazuli lacks the pyrite specks. This stone was associated by ancient Egyptians with deity and royalty, and also motherhood. It is thought to bring peace and cure depression. The best quality Lapis lazuli comes from Afghanistan, where it has been mined for centuries. It is also found in Russia and Colorado, USA.
Bronzite is a dark chocolate brown and black gemstone with golden swirls, streaks and specks running through it. Bronzite is thought by natural healers to bring about harmony to the wearer allowing the person to stay in control of any situation. It is associated with the Zodiac sign of Leo.
Length: maximum length 19 inches.
Beading Wire: 0.19"/49 strand clear-coated stainless steel professional quality beading wire with 14K gold-filled crimps and crimp covers.
Bead size: 8 mm Lapis Lazuli round; 10 x 15 mm faceted Bronzite rondelles; 15 x 20 mm Lapis Lazuli ovals; 12 x 15 mm Carnelian rondelles; 13 mm round brass inlaid bead; 7 x 14, 17, 18 and 19 mm Turquoise rondelles; 4 x 21 mm cross bars; 18 mm round brass; and 18 mm wood bead.
Clasp: Large round brass oxide finish toggle
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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