Graduated slices of red Coral and 'Dzi' Agate beads have been used to create this necklace and earrings set. The red Coral slices (possibly dyed) have been in my possession for over 10 years and provide a colorful contrast to the dyed and treated wood-like Agate beads with the 'Dzi' patterns. Silver plated African metal beads and pyrite beads are used as spacers to highlight and separate the colorful elements of the necklace. A pair of matching earrings completes the set.
Coral beads have played a significant part in jewelry throughout history. People of many cultures thought that red coral provided protection from fire and violence. Coral beads are often dyed to reflect vibrant colors that might not be as vibrant in their natural state.
Agates are very fine crystalline quartz and are very durable semi-precious gemstones. Since Agate is laid down by nature in layers, they are often found in creatively striped. Agates are found all over the world and since ancient times have been considered a powerful healing stone, often worn as a talisman or amulet. Generally associated with courage, prudence and strength of emotion.
What is a 'Dzi' Agate bead? The original authentic Dzi beads are from India, Nepal or Tibet and were Agate beads with markings often resembling eyes. They were/are considered sacred amulets and these antique beads highly valuable today. Modern day ‘Dzi’ Agate beads are etched and colored to resemble these beads.
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: 15 x 22 mm and 8 x 12 'Dzi' Agate beads; 3 x 9 mm to 3 x 20 mm coral slices.
Earrings: hangs 2.25 inches from your piercing on silver-filled lever backs.
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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Red Coral and Dzi Agate Necklace and Earrings
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