Just imagine, you are walking on the beach, the sun is setting, the stormy clouds make the sky a darker blue than it should be at this hour. The setting sun turns the sky a bright orange, then streaks of white lightening split the skies, and it is time you seek shelter from the coming storm. Now look at the gorgeous gemstone I have used to create this bracelet and earrings set, Orange Sodalite, do you see it? The beads used in this bracelet are absolutely lovely! The colors and marking on the beads are striking! I have used center drilled rectangles, squares and rounds in the bracelet. The earrings are made from a pair of square beads. I have used tiny faceted gold-plated Hematite beads to highlight the Sodalite beads. Closure is by a large round toggle of gold-plated lead-free Pewter, and from the toggle on a strand of leather flies a butterfly on a faceted Carnelian bead. I love the beads and the colors, and I hope you do too!
Sodalite is known by its royal blue color that is mottled with grey, black and white. It can be distinguished from its royal cousin, Lapis Lazuli, by the absence of golden specks of pyrite. It was discovered first in Greenland, and large deposits are found in Canada and in the USA. Natural healers consider Sodalite a grounding stone, helping by calming emotions and increasing decisiveness. It is also used as a meditation stone to help focus the mind. Orange Sodalite is mined in Brazil and Africa, and the coloration is due to the iron and sodium content in the stone.
Length: 8 inches to fit a 7.5 inch wrist.
Beading Wire: 0.19"/49 strand clear-coated stainless steel professional quality beading wire with 14K gold-fill crimps and crimp covers.
Bead size: 10 mm rounds; 15 mm squares; 15 x 20 mm and 15 x 30 mm rectangles.
Earrings: a single pair of Orange Sodalite square bead hangs from a 14-K gold-filled lever back.
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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