This rock crystal necklace is outstanding with it's super length and stunning multi faceted strand of rondelle beads of graduated sizes. The beads are of fabulous quality and are very, very clear and bright! I wish my photos did them justice. I took identical photos on black and white backgrounds trying to give you an accurate look. For those of you not familiar with rock crystal it is a transparent, colorless variety of quartz and is considered a semi-precious gemstone.
This necklace is the very well known and sought after "Russian Cut". The largest bead I could find was 14mm and the smallest was 2mm. This is of course measuring the facet side of the bead not the drill hole side. Almost all the rondelle beads have 3 rows of facets with a smaller 3mm bead having 2 rows and the 2mm bead, being almost a saucer or disk bead, having a single row of facets. This use of multiple facets and sizes gives the necklace a wonderful ability to shimmer and shine with light reflection.
The beads are in excellent condition with no cracks or nasty chips. There may be some flea bites or nicks but they would be really difficult to find due to all those shining facets. The necklace has recently been restrung and there is a knot between each bead so the necklace is very sturdy. I do need to report that who ever restrung the beads did not place them in exact graduated order, they are fairly close but not perfect. A fabulous rock crystal necklace in a hard to find length at a great price.