Varying in length, anywhere from 20 to 52 inches, each of the beautiful pieces are created from semi-precious stock. Stringed designs are fashioned from beads, chips, pendants, shell flowers, chunks, nuggets, and rectangular stones. Familiar names like turquoise, amethyst, pearl, jade and onyx appear quite frequently in these arrangements.
Each hand-made piece is created from genuine semi precious gemstones. The possibilities are almost endless when creating such pieces. The unusual names and variety of designs make each piece unique. Whether it is stunning smoky quartz or small, round carnelian beads, the many colors and choices of shape, order of items, and arrangement can be unusual as well as beautiful. Strands of beads can be combined to form a rope effect. Flowers can be formed from faceted crystals or shells.
Designs can be centered around these flowers, or have beads coiled in the middle. Cultured black or freshwater pearls can all blend to create the illusion of bubbles. Braided faceted moss agate can be combined with other green semi-precious stones to form necklaces that would be at home on Irish royalty.
For a fashion forward look, some layer pieces of different lengths. Closures for the necklaces can vary based on the composition of the rest of the piece. Some are available with a black onyx toggle clasp or with a jade toggle closure. Extenders are another option for varying the look of the same necklace with different clothing choices.
They can be worn at casual gatherings or formal events. Compliments usually come in the form of questions seeking to know the names of each piece and if there is a meaning that each bead represents. Knowing what each one is comprised of will create a conversation that may delve into the more esoteric view of each representation.
Unusual names are used often, but may not be labeled as clearly. Blue agate, African aventurine, cherry quartz, prehnite, Lapis Lazuli, and Amazonite chunks… Just to name a few. Many wonder where these names came from and may research the origins in order to connect meaning and personalize the order and arrangement of beads.
Sparkly faceted crystals are fashioned into beads. No two necklaces of the same style are exactly alike simply because semi precious gemstones are found within the layers of the Earth. When combined, the vein, pattern, and color will vary slightly with each piece since each bead has a unique appearance all by itself.
Most experts consider genuine to mean mined from the Earth. Simply because they are in a different list than the most familiar gems, such as diamond, ruby, or sapphire sometimes means it is assumed they are not genuine. Smoky quartz, turquoise, amethyst, ametrine, aventurine, black and blue onyx, white, pink, or gray cultured freshwater pearls, rainbow fluorite, lapis lazuli, moss agate, natural deep purple amethyst can all be considered natural, genuine gems.