Mosaic Magnesite Necklace, Black Onyx Turquoise Handmade Jewelry Gift

Item Description

Definitely not your run of the mill black and white jewelry, the MEDLEY handmade necklace is filled with delightfully unexpected tiny splashes of color.  Perfect for either dress up or dress down, the one of a kind beauty is created with unique mosaic magnesite rounds, faceted turquoise rondelles, black onyx rondelles and sterling silver.  Magnesite is a real gemstone that is naturally white or off white in color with either gray or brown matrix. Since the stone is easily dyed, it can be found in many colors. Mosaic magnesite, however, is a composite stone made from magnesite chips (that would otherwise be thrown away) and a hard resin binder.  The composite is normally formed into a block, and then beads, pendants and other shapes are carefully cut from it. The binder in these stones is gray which perfectly highlights the natural white color. For added interest, a medley of dyed magnesite chips were added into the binder, creating eye catching beads with bits of turquoise, medium creamy brown, reddish brown and dark brown.  Each bead is unique, some with several flecks of different colors and some are beautifully white and gray. Between each round bead are small black onyx rondelles separated from the mosaic magnesite by 2 mm sterling silver beads.
Black onyx and sterling silver beads finish the back of the necklace.  For an unexpected surprise, a genuine turquoise rondelle was added to each side of the necklace just after the last mosaic magnesite bead.  Since the turquoise is faceted, they add surprising, subtle sparkle to the overall design. A sterling silver hook clasp with granulated dot decoration securely fastens the necklace when worn.  Carefully designed and handmade by Catherine of Shadow Dog Designs, the MEDLEY gemstone necklace is a perfect gift idea for the woman who adores wearing unique, one of a kind artisan jewelry.

  • Mosaic magnesite rounds:  app. 10 mm
  • Faceted turquoise rondelles:  app. 6 mm x 4 mm
  • Black onyx rondelles:  app. 5 mm x 3 mm
  • Metal:  sterling silver
  • Clasp:  sterling silver hook clasp set
  • Length:  app. 18.25” / 46.4 cm


***  For a better understanding of the relative size of the mosaic magnesite and other gemstones used to create the MEDLEY HANDMADE NECKLACE, please be sure to check out photo # 6 for a size comparison with a quarter.

Magnesite is said to help turn dreams into realities and instills peace during meditation.  Turquoise, a gemstone sacred to the Navajo, Zuni and other Native Americans, is a stone of wholeness, promoting a sense of unity with all that surrounds us; it is believed to bring peace of mind, a soothing energy and healing of the spirit.  Black Onyx is believed to be a powerful protective stone and is used as a defense against negative thinking; it is said to bring balance to mind and body and helps the wearer approach a task with greater self confidence. Silver is a metal of love and healing; it is a mirror to the soul, helping us to see ourselves as others see us.


The MEDLEY artisan 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!   
***  Photos of my jewelry are taken outside in natural light.  The colors of the items used to create the jewelry are extremely close to the actual color on my own computer’s monitor.  Please be aware that not all monitors show colors exactly the same. The colors may appear lighter or darker on your monitor.


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