This unusual pools-of-light necklace is comprised of 23 optically perfect rock crystal spheres. The spheres measure approximately 19-11mm and each is held with a 4-band cage-style mount in sterling silver. Small circular links connect each sphere to the next, creating a unique necklace which constantly changes with the light and color of it’s surrounds.
The design of this necklace is unusual in that the necklace features graduated rock crystal spheres which terminate in a pendant centerpiece. This pendant is comprised of a 12mm sphere from which a 17mm sphere is suspended. Thus, the necklace is more than a strand of perfect rock crystal beads. The outstanding characteristic of the 2-bead pendant suspending from the graduated necklace gives unique interest and personality to this special piece of jewelry.
The internal measurement of the necklace (not including the pendant) measures just under 17.” The pendant measures just under 2 ¼” in length but when the necklace is measured from top-to-bottom, it measures 20” because the full size of the large center sphere is part of this measurement.
Fastened with the original silver clasp from the 1920’s-30’s, this electrifying necklace commands attention, interest and awe as the light rolls around and plays with the color of its surrounds creating an unusual intrigue. These perfect spheres are a mysterious and alluring phenomenon to which many different meanings and interpretations are attached. But regardless of the commentary which accompanies them, they are always enticing and people are unwittingly attracted to their enigma.
There is a lovely legend about these rock crystal spheres and how they were washed down from Mount Fugiyama, polished to perfection and especially revered by Chinese Mandarins who included them in their regalia of office. The spheres, made of natural, colorless and inclusion-free quartz, known as rock crystal, have become known as pools of light because of the mysterious and phenomenal display when in different lights. They pool the light and move gently when worn and tend to pick up whatever color one is wearing.
Years ago, when I sold a necklace to a woman, she wrote me that she wore it at Christmas and when she saw the family pictures from the holiday, the necklace appeared in the photo as a string of lights around her neck. From personal experience, I can report that if one is wearing such a necklace in the sun, the sunlight is conducted through the rock crystal to the neck and tiny prick sensations result. Rock crystal quartz is a natural conductor of heat.