Large Blue Green Turquoise and Orange Spiny Oyster Sterling Necklace
This Southwestern style necklace is crafted with substantial 14mm stabilized lovely colored Blue Green Turquoise button beads and rare 14mm Orange Spiny Oyster button beads. Also included for texture, are 13mm Coconut Shell Heishi Beads. The silver highlights of this scrumptious necklace are large 11 mm Decorative Bali Sterling Tube Beads with cutout design. This 20" necklace ends with 9mm Sterling corrugated beads, 3/4" Sterling Melon beads and a large 19mm Sterling Hook and Eye Clasp befitting this nice large eye catching piece of jewelry. This necklace will be very versatile and will liven up any outfit with its lovely colors. You will not be disappointed in this really sharp looking necklace.
BALI SILVER is sterling silver made on the island of Bali, in Indonesia in the Indian Ocean. The Balinese are highly skilled silversmiths, known for their granulation and wirework decoration.
SPONDYLUS more commonly called SPINY OYSTER is large and very colorful. The Spiny Oyster is not even an oyster but in the scallop family. Spiny Oyster shell beads are unique, beautiful, and also difficult-to-harvest. You'll find Spiny oyster around the world typically along the coasts of North Carolina all the way down to the waters near Brazil, also in the Sea of Cortez, and off the coast of Baja Mexico and Baja California. Often used in jewelry this sea animal is in high demand for its appearance and color.
Some shells of the Spiny Oyster are rare finds and are especially treasured by Native American Indian artists for their beautiful red, pink, brown, yellow, orange, purple, and white colors.
Stabilization is used to make turquoise strong enough to use in jewelry and beads since turquoise is by nature a soft stone. It also sets the color since natural turquoise will turn colors over time from skin oils and environmental elements. Sometimes the beads are Color Shot, the stabilizing compound had color in it. Only 10% or less of all turquoise mined is gemstone quality which means it is strong enough to use as jewelry components without stabilization.
All Artisan Jewelry is one-of-a-kind handcrafted by JoAnn Williams in the Kaminski Jewelry Designs studio. The pictured piece is the item you will receive. All pieces come with a lovely gift box.
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