This spectacular necklace with its warm carnelian beads, gold vermeil, sparkling Swarovski crystals, and Swarovski skull pendant is a visual delight. The matching earrings complete the visual feast, and the Swarovski pendant with its blast of molten color is a hidden surprise. At first glance it is a multi-faceted sphere which reflects and refracts light, but a closer look brings the skull into focus. Swarovski describes this pendant as “Astral Pink” because the orange crystal includes flashes of deep pink. It really is a marvelous piece!
A pair of luxuriant gold vermeil tube beads encircled with textured bands and a swirling design lead away from the pendant to brilliant copper-hued Swarovski bicone crystals. To further enhance the rich shades, I added carnelian beads in deep honey hues, separating them from the Swarovski crystals with more gold vermeil tube beads. Tiny 12 KT gold-filled beads provide additional separation of the elements. The necklace closure is a gold-plate heart shaped toggle with a skeleton key.
The matching earrings feature a carnelian bead, a gold vermeil tube bead, and a copper-hued Swarovski crystal. They are suspended from 14Kt gold-filled textured marquise earwires and measure 2 inches from the piercing. The necklace measures 19 inches in length, and the pendant measures 1 inch by 7/8 inch. The gold vermeil is sterling silver which has been plated in 18Kt gold.
Carnelian has been used in jewelry since ancient times and in some cultures could only be worn by nobility. It is considered a healing stone as well as a power stone and is believed to protect against negative emotions as well as increase creative energy. This necklace and earring combination with its synthesis of sparkling crystals, unique pendant, and luxurious beads is simply fabulous!