A dark night out at sea with beams of moonlight bouncing and sparkling off the waves ... and what do I see? Is that a mermaid? The focus of this necklace is beautiful Pewter pendant made by Cynthia Thorton of the Green Girl Studios. This curvy siren of the seas dangles from two strands of dark Labradorite beads interspersed with lustrous shiny peacock blue cultured freshwater pearls. A single pearl dangles from her tail. A pair of matching earrings each with a dangling pearl completes the set.
Did you know that....? The legend of the mermaid began long ago about 1000 BC in the land of Syria. It is said that the goddess Atargatis jumped into a lake to turn herself into a fish. But she was so beautiful, that the waters only turned her bottom half fish while the top half of her body retained her human beauty. Later in history, stories from the Arabian Nights and Greek mythology and legends from the British Isles associated this half fish-half woman with Sirens, who would lure sailors with their beauty and their songs. In modern times, our view of the mermaid can be largely attributed to the story 'The Little Mermaid' by Hans Christian Andersen and the Disney movie of the same name. Who does not love a mermaid? Especially one as lovely as this one!
Labradorite is known for its remarkable play of color, known as labradorescence. The stone, usually gray-green, dark gray, black or grayish-white, is composed in aggregate layers that refract light as iridescent flashes of peacock blue, gold, pale green, or coppery red. It is named for the area of Labrador, Canada where it was discovered by Moravian missionaries in 1770. It is, however, referenced in legends by older Inuit tribes which say that Labradorite fell from the Aurora Borealis or the Northern Lights. It became a popular gem in Europe in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.
Pearls are thought to represent innocence and integrity. A favorite with brides. It is the birthstone for June. Cultured Pearls are formed in both marine and freshwater bivalve mollusks (oysters, mussels, etc.) when irritating ‘foreign’ substances become trapped within the folds of the bivalve’s mantle. Not all such ‘pearls’ can be used for jewelry. Natural pearls are formed without any human intervention and are quite rare and hence very valuable. Cultured pearls are mass-produced in a ‘pearl farm’ where humans introduce the irritating substance into the mollusks to create the pearl. Most freshwater pearls are cultured pearls formed within mussels.
Length: Necklace 17 inches with a 2.4 inch long pendant.
Beading Wire: 0.15"/49 strand clear-coated stainless steel professional quality beading wire with silver-filled crimps and crimp covers.
Bead size: 6 mm round Labradorite beads beads; 6 x 7 mm Pearls; 16 x 61 mm (0.6 x 2.4 inch) mermaid pendant.
Earrings: 1 and 7/8th inches from your piercings. On silver-filled ear wires. Silver filled products are comprised of 10% silver, the silver is mechanically bonded to a brass core for a sturdy structure, and is resistant to tarnishing.
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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