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2212. Show-Stopping Aquamarine and Antique Vermeil Necklace

SKU: 2212
    • This is quite a rich, show-stopping necklace that is yes, eye catching, yet quite simple and easy to wear. I did make this to begin with, using large stones and larger gold beads, but I felt it was just too heavy to wear. This is quite comfortable. And the colour of yellow gold with aquamarine creates an almost ancient, Roman effect. A sort of “Ah” moment that speaks volumes as a necklace.


    • These cylinders of natural aquamarine have been faceted. Some are a slightly cloudy, some are more translucent. But they are all in a very beautiful aqua blue. Aquamarine can be quite pale. These are not! They vary in size from 24 mm down to 15 mm long x and all are 17mm wide.



    • There are also beautiful round beads of aquamarine,17mm, in between the cylinders.


    • Aquamarine is the birthstone of March. The gemstone aquamarine is a blue/green member of the Beryl family (while emerald is a green member). Its name comes from the Latin word aqua, meaning water of the sea, as the crystal stone resembles the sparkling colour of water in the Mediterranean. This gemstone is mined mainly in Brazil, but can also be found in Nigeria, Madagascar, Pakistan and Mozambique.


    • I have interspersed antique,18K gold-on-silver-on hardened resin beads, made in Afghanistan, using their traditional techniques. These are quite rare beads (16mm).


    • The Afghani have been crafting gold for centuries. When Alexander the Great came to Afghanistan, his people brought many skills, one of which was working in gold. Like the Romans, centuries later, a yellow, 18K gold was used. But one of the techniques was to take sheet gold and work it onto hardened resin and then decorate it accordingly.


    • I have used a handmade 14k gold vermeil toggle clasp.  Toggle clasps are easy to use and secure. My silver name label is attached at the clasp.


    • The necklace comes, like all my necklaces, with its own colour co-ordinated silk brocaded pouch bag, made by a Shanghai tailor.


    • The necklace measures 18” long (46cm).



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