Butterfly Dichroic Pendant Necklace, Green Aventurine Handmade Jewelry

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The glowing BUTTERFLY DANCE handmade necklace is filled with the glittering goodness of spring and summer.  Perfect jewelry for the woman who loves one of a kind butterfly jewelry, the unique necklace features a colorfully sparkling dichroic glass pendant, mellow green aventurine gemstones and sterling silver.  The amazing pendant with a butterfly design against a rainbow of color was artisan made from 3 layers of different glass: black base glass, a thin slice of metal oxide glass and a clear cap glass.  The “glass sandwich" was kiln fired to 1450 degrees, at which point the glass becomes molten and the layers permanently fuse together.  To anneal (harden) the pendant, it was slowly cooled in the kiln.  A sterling silver bail with a leaf design was securely affixed to the back of the pendant with industrial glue.    
 
What gives the pendant its eye catching, shimmering quality is the middle layer of glass.  Colorful metal oxides were applied to the glass in shades of purple, pink, green, blue and golden browns.  The oxide glass was laser etched with a lovely butterfly, the etched design allowing the black base glass to show through.  As the pendant catches the light, the oxides radiate colors, almost taking the breath away with its astonishing beauty.  
 
Since the butterfly pendant is the star of the show, the design for the main body necklace stayed simple.  To perfectly complement the pendant, medium green aventurine gemstones in two sizes were used.  The larger aventurine stones are closer to the front of the necklace while the smaller rounds are to the back.  The aventurine is translucent so the gemstones add a subtle glow to the necklace design.  Small sterling silver beads are scattered through the aventurine rounds.  A sleek sterling silver toggle clasp set securely fastens the necklace when worn.  Carefully designed and handmade by Catherine of Shadow Dog designs, the BUTTERFLY DANCE handmade necklace is a perfect gift for the woman who loves to wear one of a kind jewelry with a glittering butterfly motif.    
 
 

  • Butterfly dichroic glass pendant;  app. 34 mm x 34 mm (1.3” x 1.3”) not including the bail; artisan handmade
  • Larger aventurine gemstone rounds:  app. 6 mm
  • Smaller aventurine gemstone rounds:  app. 4 mm
  • Metal:  sterling silver
  • Clasp:  sterling silver toggle clasp set
  • Length:  app. 18.5” / 47.0 cm
  • Pendant drop, including the bail:  app. 1.5” / 3.8 cm

 

 
***  For a better understanding of the relative size of the butterfly pendant and aventurine used to create the BUTTERFLY DANCE artisan necklace, please be sure to check out photo #6 for a size comparison with a quarter.
 

Butterflies are believed to be the embodiment of spiritual growth because of their magical transformation from a caterpillar to a butterfly.  Green Aventurine, because of its color, is said to bring prosperity to the wearer.  Even though man made, glass carries the energies of transformation, rebirth and communication.  Silver is a metal of love and healing; it is a mirror to the soul, helping us to see ourselves as others see us.

 

*** What is dichroic glass? Dichroic glass (pronounced dye-crow-ick) is a type of glass that has amazing multi-colored, reflective properties, especially when viewed at different angles. Extreme color shifts can often be seen. NASA originally developed dichroic glass for use in satellite mirrors and it was also used on re-entry tiles of the Space Shuttles. Sheets of glass have a special coating applied to it that involves vaporizing various metal oxides into a fine dust with an electro-gun. The oxide dust settles on and coats hot glass inside an airless vacuum chamber. Needless to say, because of the complex, expensive procedure, only a handful of companies produce dichroic glass for artists to use for their designs.
 
The BUTTERFLY DANCE dichroic pendant necklace was carefully designed and handmade in a dog friendly, smoke free studio.  The necklace will come with two informational drop tags: one with the piece's name; the other lists the materials used in the necklace and the language of the stones and metals. It will be carefully packed in an organza jewelry bag, perfect for gift giving to a loved one . . . or to yourself!   
 
***Please be aware that not all computer monitors show colors exactly the same. The colors of the components used to create each piece of jewelry are extremely close to the actual color on my monitor. They may appear lighter or darker on yours.  
 
 
 
N2366
5*1120
 
   

 

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