Paintbrush Jasper and Pink Sponge Coral Necklace, Swarovski Crystal Gemstone Handmade Jewelry
The name of this amazingly unique necklace, named PERCHANCE TO DREAM, was taken from the famous soliloquy in William Shakespeare's Hamlet The name seemed perfect given the dreamy components of the handmade gemstone necklace. An exquisite nature’s paintbrush jasper pendant with hammered sterling silver spirals is the eye catching focal. Salmon colored sponge coral, Swarovski crystals and sterling silver are beautiful complements to the jasper pendant. Just imagine all the positive compliments you will receive when you wear this one of a kind necklace. Carefully designed and created by Catherine of Shadow Dog Designs, the PERCHANCE TO DREAM necklace is ideal for the woman who loves and cherishes handmade jewelry.
- Paintbrush jasper pendant: app 46 mm (1 7/8") x 40 mm (1 3/8") x 6 mm
- Sponge coral coins: app. 17 mm x 10 mm
- Swarovski crystals: "smoky quartz" 4 mm faceted bicones
- Metal: sterling silver
- Spirals: hand hammered; sterling silver
- Clasp: ornate s-clasp set; sterling silver
- Length: app. 18" / 45.7 cm
- Pendant drop: app. 2" / 5.1 cm, including bail
The star of the PERCHANCE TO DREAM necklace show is the amazing paintbrush jasper pendant. Just look at the natural detail in the jasper, as if Mother Nature took a paintbrush and carefully painted what was on her mind. In fact, Native Americans believed that paintbrush jasper was used by the Earth Mother to speak to her children - her story and lessons are held within the stone, each stone with its own unique story. What a wonderful belief!
The "background" color of the pendant is a warm beige that holds more than a hint of peach. Chocolate brown lines run straight across the top of the pendant or sway their way down the side. Two gray forms (clouds? snowy mountains?), one large and one small, add extra interest to the pendant. Both sides are beautiful, as you can see in photo #1 and in the photo of the backside of the pendant, photo #4. The pendant is not flat; it has a wavy cut to it. my favorite side was chosen and I hand hammered two sterling silver spirals to complement the natural design and to form a unique bail for the pendant. A loop was carefully wire wrapped at the top of the pendant to attach to the main body of the necklace. Nature’s paintbrush jasper is also sometimes called "picture jasper" or "paintbrush jasper".
To pick up the subtle peachy colors found in the paintbrush jasper pendant, salmon pink sponge coral coins were chosen. As you can see in the photos, the coral coins show the natural pitting that is found in coral. But even more remarkable, the daisy flower-like polyps are easily seen. Each sponge coral coin is separated from other elements of the necklace by 2 mm sterling silver beads. Please note - the sponge coral has been dyed to achieve the cheerful color.
To add a bit of sparkle to PERCHANCE TO DREAM necklace, "smoky quartz" Swarovski crystals wrre used in a faceted 4 mm bicone shape. The color of the crystals are a perfect match to the darker lines in the pendant. The crystals were used on each side at the front the necklace, separating single bamboo coins. Then one other crystal was used on each side of the necklace after the grouping of three coins.
The ends of the jewelers wire were run through sterling silver wire protectors (for extra security), connected to a beautiful sterling silver s-clasp and then crimped with sterling crimp tubes. The crimp tubes were then covered with sterling silver crimp covers to mimic 3 mm beads. The s-clasp is a real beauty with a raised design on one side and silky smooth on the other.
For a better understanding of the relative size of the paintbrush jasper pendant and the coral used in PERCHANCE TO DREAM, please be sure to check out photo #5 for a size comparison with a dime.
Paintbrush Jasper is believed to be a healing stone that promotes strength, energy and new ideas. Sponge Coral is said to help the wearer understand and value all life on Earth. Even though man-made, glass (crystal) 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.
The PERCHANCE TO DREAM gemstone 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 stones are extremely close to the actual color on my monitor. They may appear lighter or darker on yours.
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