This jungle jasper and grossularite choker has the most extraordinary gemstones! The extra-large freeform stones are a light green shot through with streaks and bands of colors ranging from mint green to forest green. I set faceted freeform grossular garnet trapezoid beads between each of the large beads and captured the garnets between beads that appear to be coated with golden sugar. Each of the natural green garnets differs slightly in shape and size, but each is lovely in its own right with fascinating inclusions and facets that catch the light. Small serpentine beads lead to the gold-plated Tierra Cast hammered toggle which completes the design.
The matching earrings feature singular freeform grossular garnet beads and sugar-coated beads suspended from French-style earwires. The garnets are approximately a half inch across, and the earrings measure 1 ¾ inches from the piercing. The choker measures 15 ½ inches in length. The stones range in size from 1 ¾ to 2 inches long by 1 ¼ to 1 ½ inches wide.
Grossularite green garnet is a more rare form of the garnet. Its name is based on the Latin name for gooseberry since its colors resemble the various shades of that berry. Traditionally, green garnet was considered a balancing stone as well as giving strength in adversity. Jungle jasper is in actually a type of serpentine. Historically it was thought that wearing serpentine would protect a person from snakebite. Like the green garnet, serpentine is considered a balancing stone and is believed to help the wearer confront fears and restore self-confidence. This choker with its lovely garnets and outstanding freeform stones is truly unique!
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