This bracelet will take you to the seashore for a midnight walk, the waves gently lapping at the seashore, moonlight shimmering over the calm waters, and all is well with the world! I have used 3 strands of beautiful beads in varying shades of gray and blue. The large round smooth shimmering Labradorite beads are separated and highlighted by sterling silver (0.925) rondelles and beads, and flanked by a strand of deep blue cultured potato-shaped freshwater pearls and a strand of iridescent rectangular Paua beads. Closure is with a large round Hill Tribe Silver toggle. At the toggle hangs silver-plated Pewter Nautilus charm.
The Inuit people of Arctic Canada consider Labradorite as being formed from the frozen fires of the Aurora Borealis or Northern Lights. This gemstone was first discovered in Labrador, Canada in 1770, hence the name. The gemstone is usually gray, but due to light refracting from its layered composition, magnificent displays of blue and green color are seen. The gemstone It is also known as the 'Magic Stone' and is thought to bring out the best in people, by awakening self-awareness and intuition.
Paua is a species of Abalone and is the most colorful of the Abalones. The shell has a range of iridescent colors from blue to green to purple and silver and gold tones as well. The beauty of the shell is that the color changes when viewed from different angles.
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.
Hill Tribe silver beads are distinctive and hand-made by artisans of the mountain regions Northern Thailand using methods passed down through the centuries. They are made from almost pure silver (0.999) and contain more silver than sterling silver, which contains 0.925 silver.
Length: 7.5 inches. Guide to sizing Bracelets: Using a measuring tape, measure snugly (not too tight) around the wrist just below the wrist bone. For adults add 1/2 to 3/4th inch to the measurement to determine the bracelet length.
Beading Wire: 0.19"/49 strand white-coated stainless steel professional quality beading wire with sterling silver crimps, and crimp covers.
Bead size: 10 mm Labradorite; 7 mm Pearls; 5 x 10 mm Paua beads; 16 mm round charm.
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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Labradorite, Paua Shell, and Freshwater Pearl Triple Strand Bracelet