These nuggets of black Mother of Pearl are a sight to behold!. The nuggets are shiny, golden, black with some streaks of white. I have paired them with faceted rondelles and rounds of black Onyx; each bead being separated by small round gold-plated pyrites. The necklace comes with a pair of matching earrings. Lovely! Sure to turn heads! Perfect for both evening and daytime wear.
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.
Mother of Pearl is an organic gemstone that comes from the inside of some pearl-producing mollusk shells. Mother-of-pearl is made from nacre, which is mainly calcium carbonate. Like pearls, mother-of-pearl exhibits a pearly luster and an attractive iridescence. Mother-of-pearl tends to be the same color as the pearls produced by the mollusk and the color varies from white, yellow, blue-green, bronze, pink, red, brown, black or banded.
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: Necklace 22.5 inches.
Beading Wire: 0.19"/49 strand clear-coated stainless steel professional quality beading wire with 14K gold-fill crimps and crimp covers.
Bead size: Nuggets vary in size 15 mm x 18 mm; 4 x 66 mm Onyx rondelles: 8 mm faceted round Onyx: 2 mm pyrite beads.
Earrings: 2 inches from your piercings; with smaller nuggets and faceted spacer beads on 14K gold-filled lever backs.
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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