Earthy! Woody! Gorgeous! Beautiful! These are the words I would pick to describe these large Wood Jasper beads. These barrel shaped beads are colored with rings of black, brown, red and cream. I have added four hand crafted Tibetan Brass beads, highlighted and separated the beads with gold-plated, lead-free Pewter beaded spacers and for a splash of color, little rondelles of natural blue-green Turquoise. The Tibetan beads used are repousse brass bead handmade in Nepal. Two etched Agate 'dzi' beads are used at the end pf the necklace and on the decorative chain at the toggle. The necklace is chunky, but surprisingly light weight, weighing only 4.1 ounces or 118 grams.
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. Wood Jasper is so named because of the unique banding and flow patterns caused by petrified wood.
Turquoise is associated with gods and goddesses of many ancient cultures from China, the Middle East, and the Americas. It was worn by Pharaohs and Aztec Kings. Native Americans used the stone symbolizing the sea and sky coming together, to bless warriors and hunters. Turquoise is thought to attract prosperity and success, enhance creativity and communication. Turquoise is the alternate birthstone for December.
Repousse is an ancient art of embossing metal by raising the design from the metal surface by hammering and pressing on the reverse side.
Length: 21 inches.
Beading Wire: 0.19"/49 strand clear-coated stainless steel professional quality beading wire with 14K gold-filled crimps and crimp covers. Closure is with a gold-plated lead-free Pewter toggle clasp.
Bead size: 15 x 20 Jasper beads; 10 mm round Agate beads; 15 mm round Tibetan beads; 2 x 4 mm Turquoise rondelles.
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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Jasper and Turquoise Necklace with Tibetan Beads