I fell in love with the swirling streaks of black, gray and silver in these gorgeous Silver-leaf Jasper beads and paired them with some large, very organic, cultured freshwater silver-colored Keishi Pearls to create this one long beauty of a necklace. The necklace is made of faceted Silver-leaf Jasper beads, the facets make them sparkle so, and on either side are lengths of silver Keishi pearls. Perfect for a night out... very magical!
Jaspers have been used as ornamental and gemstones from ancient times. They are microcrystalline Quartz in association with a variety of other minerals which give the Jaspers colorful patterns and bands. Jaspers are often named according to its color or patterns. Silver-leaf Jasper is a relatively rare find, and is characterized by the swirling streaks of black, on a gray, white or silver matrix. The leafy appearance of the streaks gives it the name. It is found in Africa. Where is is used as a protecting gemstone.
Freshwater Keishi Pearls are non-nucleated pearls, and are formed during the culturing process when the nucleus is rejected or absent. Without the nucleus the characteristic shape of the pearl is not formed, rather it is free-formed.
Length: 38 inches
Beading Wire: 0.19"/49 strand clear-coated stainless steel professional quality beading wire with sterling silver crimps, crimp guards and crimp covers.
Bead size: 8 mm Jasper beads; Keishi pearls of various sizes.
Earrings: 2. 75 inches from your piercing on sterling silver leverbacks.
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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