Turquoise, Gaspeite And Spiny Oyster Multi Strand Necklace
Need a splash of color around your neck? Take a look at this gorgeous and festive gemstone bead necklace. This lime green colored Gaspeite, Sky blue Turquoise and purple and red Spiny Oyster Bead Necklace is stunning and will brighten up any outfit you wear it with. The neat thing about this piece is that it features vivid colors, yet is somehow subtle. Each strand of beads in this lovely Necklace features a base of lime green gaspeite, Kingman Turquoise, and gorgeous purple and red/orange Spiny Oyster Shell chip beads. Each of the strands is a little different. The real gemstone beads are strung on Teflon coated braided steel bead cord. The multi strand bead necklace is finished off with Sterling Silver cones and a Sterling Silver hook clasp. The necklace measures 22 inches. This Gemstone Bead Treasure Necklace would be one gorgeous addition to your Southwest Jewelry collection.
Gaspeite is an extremely rare nickel carbonate mineral, which belongs to the calcite group of minerals. Gaspeite is typically pale green to bright apple-green in color, often accompanied by brownish veins of rock that run through the material at various depths. Gaspeite has recently become very popular among gem and mineral collectors, mostly credited to its rarity and its slight similarity in appearance to rare green turquoise.
Scientifically called Spondylus, spiny oysters are members of a super-family that includes scallops. Their singular characteristic is their sharp, pointy outer shells, covered in spikes. To the common man, these incredible creatures are known as thorny oysters, or more commonly, spiny oysters. They are found primarily in the warm waters of the Sea of Cortez, off the coast of Baja California. While there are some rarer colors to be found, the mainstays are reds, oranges and purples; these are the natural colors of the shells and are not enhanced by jewelers in any way. Spiny oysters develop these vibrant colors because of their differing diets; seaweed and various forms of plankton produce strikingly different colors when eaten! Generally, the more vibrant the hue, the more valuable the piece of shell, or jewelry in our case. Only the inside edge of the shell develops this deep color, while the rest remains white, making it even harder to create larger spiny oyster jewelry pieces.
The Kingman Turquoise Mine is one of the oldest and highest producing Turquoise Mines in America. It was originally discovered by prehistoric Indians well over 1000 years ago. Kingman Turquoise is known for its beautiful sky blue color and produces many variations of blue Turquoise.