Be still, my heart. A magnificently rendered brass Buddha head pendant is the attention-getting focus of this necklace. The pendant measures 4 by 2-1/4 inches, including the bail, and has finely wrought repousse work on the back. As the pendant is fairly hefty, I chose lightweight beads for the necklace, so the piece is not heavy at all. The beads used are 10x8mm Chinese turquoise in the marquise shape and "magnesite turquoise" 10mm round beads. The shiny 5mm spacers are brass, matching the pendant, The necklace is 22 inches around, with a pendant drop of nearly 4 inches, and closes with a brass-plated hook clasp with a spiral design. PLEASE NOTE: That is not a 5 o'clock shadow on the Buddha's face. It is reflections from my camera.
So, what is magnesite turquoise, anyway? Well, for one thing, it isn't really turquoise. Although it is sometimes called "Wild Horse Turquoise," it is a type of calcite that generally does not have the copper nor the iron that gives real turquoise its natural blue and green colors. It does sometimes have a matrix, though, so when dyed a turquoise color, it does resemble turquoise. There is more to the story, but that's enough for now, except for this added tidbit: because it is rich in magnesium, it is valued for the production of Epsom salts and fireworks. Whoa! I'll bet you didn't know that! (I didn't either.). Still and all, I wouldn't take a bath with this necklace, if I were you.
There will (not) be a short quiz on this subject a week from now. Thanks for looking and maybe even buying. (Smile)