Sterling Silver and Lemon Chrysoprase Necklace: "New Leaf"
When I first saw this beautiful lemon chrysoprase cabochon, I knew it had to be part of a leaf. I decided to go fairly simple with the setting, to allow the stone's beauty to really shine. The back of the pendant is sterling silver, with a few stamps to give the look of veins in the leaf. The bezel around the stone is fine silver, with a scalloped top. The riveted bale is also sterling silver; I textured it to give a contrast to the polish of the leaf, and to give a feel of a stem.
To continue the leaf theme, I created a "branch" from sterling silver to act as a hanger, and connected a silver linked chain to each end. It closes with a lobster clasp, and includes a 2" extender chain that is finished with a little faceted chrysoprase bead.
This beautiful stone was cut and polished by Juvy Andres of JC Cabochons.
MATERIALS: Sterling silver, fine silver, lemon chrysoprase
PROPERTIES OF STONES: Chrysoprase is said to strengthen the spirit as well as body. It helps promote emotional balance, wisdom and peace.
This is an original piece of jewelry designed and handcrafted by Barbara Kay Bureker. All jewelry will be sent in a gift box.