This luscious long necklace is crafted using gorgeous multi-gemstone beads. These gems used are white Pearl (freshwater, cultured), blue Turquoise (natural, stabilized), orange Carnelian, blue Lapis Lazuli, red Coral and black Onyx beads capped in textured brass ends, that are handcrafted by Tibetan artisans living in Nepal. Since these beads are individually hand made there is slight variations in size and shape, but all just gorgeous and beautiful. These artisans use traditional hand crafting techniques that have been passed down through generations, skills and beads to be treasured in our modern world. I have used pairs of small faceted gold-plated Hematite 3 mm beads between the Tibetan beads to highlight and separate them. Closure is provided by a small gold-plated Pewter toggle clasp.
Black Onyx is a black microcrystalline quartz. It is thought to provide spiritual inspiration, and allow the control of emotions and reduce stress in the wearer. It is the alternate birthstone for the month of February, and the anniversary gemstone for the 10th year of marriage.
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.
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.
Pearls are thought to represent innocence and integrity. A favorite with brides. It is the birthstone for June.
Coral beads have been significant throughout history. People of many cultures thought that red coral provided protection from fire and violence.
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.
Length: Necklace 32 inches.
Beading Wire: 0.18"/49 strand clear-coated stainless steel professional quality beading wire with 14K gold-fill crimps and crimp covers.
Bead size: 10 x 14 mm Tibetan beads.
Earrings: Can be made to order, please email me.
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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