Petite Australian Boulder Opal and Pearl Necklace
This petite boulder opal is set in 22k gold and is strung on fresh water, cultured, pearls. The length is 17 1/2” long.
This is one of those spontaneous pieces that came together without being designed first. Feeling creative, I just grabbed the gold and stones and this is what materialized. Speaking of materials, this necklace does not skimp! It has a beautiful lavender pinky purple and tan (35mm x 17mm) bezel set boulder opal with purple, blue and teal flash. It also has a 12mm x 10mm prong set emerald cut light color ametrine.
What is ametrine, you ask? Well, the stone amethyst and the stone citrine are both in the quartz family. In fact, I believe citrine is amethyst that has been naturally heated by the earth‘s radiation. Therefore, amethyst and citrine grow together. A skilled stone cutter has the opportunity to create a unique bicolor natural stone called Ametrine by faceting the color break in the crystal.
The bezel is 22k gold and all of the other metalwork is 14k. It is a one of a kind formed and fabricated pendant on a double strand necklace. The pendant's overall size is 2" x 1.25". It is strung with two tones of rhodolite garnets, 14k gold beads and teeny tiny seed pearl accents. The garnet beads toward the pendant are a beautiful sparkly deep wine color and the garnets toward the clasp are sparkly, soft lavender-rose color. They suit the boulder opal PERFECTLY! This piece is gorgeous! It is 14k gold and is strung with a bulls eye clasp to approximately 19 ½ inches on a durable synthetic fiber that moves like silk but doesn't stretch, shred or fray like silk.
Strawberry GARNET with a 14k gold heavy cap strung double stranded with tanzanite pebbles and pink tourmalines. The pendant measures 2 ¼" x ½" and the necklace is 18 5/8" long.
Solid Australian opal with cornflower blue sapphire bezel set within. Natural color, green Tahitian pearl and a ruby accompany the opal and sapphire. It is strung on blue sapphire roundels. This piece is 14k white gold with a 14k yellow gold under-bezel. The pendant measures 1 7/16" x ½".
Pendant is 14k gold with 6 x4mm oval, facetted fancy sapphires. The pendant is about 1 ¼" long strung on smooth sapphire roundels to 17.25".
Ammolite and Peridot Enhancer, Necklace, and Brooch
This piece is ever changing!
It started out as a cuff bangle bracelet.
Unfortunately, I made the cuff too small
and it didn't fit anyone. So, I reworked
it into a brooch because I'm such a big
fan of brooches. I like to wear them on
hats. Also, I have created a unique
vertical converter that allows it to be
worn as a necklace with the included double
strand beads, an enhancer with anything
you may already have, or worn alone as a
What wonderful versatility! The stones are lovely and huge. There is a fancy cut peridot and an equally intense teal with green boarder ammolite (fossilized opal).
Ammolite is opalized ammonite fossil from
Southern Alberta, Canada. It is millions of
years old but was only discovered in the early
1980s. This ammolite has superior flash! The
design is a one of a kind. It is hand formed
and fabricated. It took days just to make
the converter! The beads are a single strand
of large facetted peridot roundels at the
bottom that unexpectedly splits into double
strands of small neon blue apatite segments
in between regular longer intervals of facetted
peridot segments. The clasp is a unique partly
handmade clasp with a commercial lobster claw
on the end for safety. It is pretty enough
to be worn alone.
Ammolite is opalized ammonite fossil from
Southern Alberta, Canada. It is millions
of years old but wasn’t discovered
until the early 1980s. This extremely high
end piece of ammolite has the hardest to
find colors of ammolite opal. The color
is deep and royal PURPLE. It also has the
second and third rarest colors of ammolite
which are indigo blue and teal, respectively.
The Ammolite is a whopping
27mm x 23mm long and is bezel set in 22k and
14k gold! Due to the unusual trapezoidal shape,
I felt the ammolite needed something to visually
balance out the lower corner and I chose a
lavender pink freshwater cultured pearl. The
pearl addition balanced the piece, but it
still needed a little something…hence the
facetted sapphire bezel set into the pearl.
The smile bar is 14k gold. This necklace is
strung to 18" on a durable synthetic string
that moves like silk but won't shred, stretch,
or fray like silk. It has a signed hangtag
and a 14k lobster claw clasp. The stringing
on this necklace is unique because the 18k
bar makes the pink pearls become part of the
pendant in the way they drop down with the
pendant. The effect of this also gives the
pendant added movement. A lot of jewelry is
just ornament. I consider this special piece
to be true art in precious materials. The
facetted beads that compliment the rare blue
in this ammolite are kyanite in the finest
quality! It is strung with a 14k lobster claw
clasp to about 17 inches in length (that is
from the gold bar to the clasp.) The string
is a durable synthetic fiber that moves like
silk but doesn't stretch, shred or fray like
A trio of opals in earthy colors comprise
this 22K and 14K gold pendant. These are
boulder opals (opals still in the ironstone
host rock in which it naturally grows) with
intense teal, green, blue flash that doesn’t
show well in the photo. My initial thought
on this piece was to make a series called “Trail
Markers.” It morphed into a goddess
instead. To accentuate the earthy colors
in the pendant, I have strung emeralds,
tanzanite, blue and cinnamon zircons. This
piece measures 19.75” long and has
a lobster claw clasp.
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