These Zebra Jasper barrel beads are striking! I love swirls of dark brown stripes on a pinky cream matrix. These beads have been partnered with bold red Garnet rounds and heishi spacers to create this bold and beautiful necklace. The beads are separated and highlighted with US made lead-free Pewter spaces, larger wavy ones by the Jasper beads and smaller rings by the Garnet beads. A pair of matching earrings completes the set.
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. Zebra Jasper is so named because of the bold stripes on a plain matrix. Zebra Jasper varies in color from black, red, brown or green strips on a matrix on cream or white. The gemstone was first discovered in Western Australia, but since has been found in Brazil, Canada, Russia and the USA. The stone is thought to help motivate and energize the wearer.
Garnets are a very popular gemstone and is the birthstone for the month of January. Garnets come in all colors but blue, the red variety being the most popular. Smaller sized Garnets are common, and larger sized stones are rarer and have more value. Giving the gift of Garnets is thought to bring good luck to the receiver by increasing their sense of security and self-esteem. It is also the gemstone to celebrate the 18th wedding anniversary.
Length: Necklace 20 inches.
Beading Wire: 0.19"/49 strand clear-coated stainless steel professional quality beading wire with silver-filled crimps, crimp guards and crimp covers. 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.
Bead size: 13 x 17 mm Jasper barrels; 10 mm Garnet rounds and 4 mm Garnet heishis.
Earrings: hangs 1.5 inches from your piercing on sterling silver ear wires. All ear wires from Sundancegems come with a clear medical grade PVC ear clutch or stopper. These fit snug on the ear wire, and prevent you from loosing your earrings.
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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Zebra Jasper and Garnet Necklace and Earrings Set