Round heishi's (short cylinders) of earthy, red, brown and yellow beads of Red Creek Jasper are separated by tiny hematite beads to create this beautiful necklace. At five stations along the necklace a pair of brass wavy spacers, bright orange Carnelian beads and tiny faceted pyrite beads highlight a large faceted Red Creek Jasper bead. A wonderful accessory to your fall wardrobe.
Jaspers have been used for ornamental purposes and gemstones from ancient times. Jasper is one of the stones for Virgo and is the mystical birthstone for October. They are microcrystalline Quartz in association with a variety of other minerals and organic material, which give the Jaspers colorful patterns and bands. Jaspers, affectionately known as 'petrified mud' are often named according to its color or patterns, which often resemble landscapes. Red Creek Jasper is named after the Red Creek that runs through the area where it was first found in China.
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.
Length: 18 inches.
Bead size: 5 x 10 mm Jasper heishis; 10 x 12 mm faceted Jasper rounds; 8 mm smooth Carnelian rounds
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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