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Solar Quartz Stalactite Necklace, Moss Agate Handmade Gemstone Jewelry

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Is an exceptional handmade gemstone necklace on your "must have" list? A piece of jewelry that is eye catching and one of a kind? The HIDDEN TREASURES necklace is the one for you! A stunning two sided solar quartz stalactite pendant with a mossy orbicular patterns and a small druzy inclusion is the highlight of the design.  Green moss agate and Bali-style copper tube beads complement the solar quartz pendant perfectly. This is a fascinating necklace for the woman who enjoys wearing unique gemstone jewelry, the HIDDEN TREASURES necklace was designed and carefully handmade by Catherine of Shadow Dog Designs.

  • Solar quartz stalactite pendant:  app. 24 mm x 9 mm
  • Moss agate rounds:  app. 6 mm
  • Bali-style copper tubes:  app. 12 mm x 4 mm
  • Clasp:  copper Bali-style s-clasp
  • Length:  app. 18” / 45.7 cm
  • Pendant drop:  app. 1.5” / 3.8 cm including the copper wire wrapped bail

***  For a better understanding of the relative size of the solar quartz stalactite pendant and other elements used to create the HIDDEN TREASURES gemstone necklace, please be sure to check out photo # 6 for a size comparison with a quarter.

When you look closely at a solar quartz stalactite pendant, like the focal used in the HIDDEN TREASURES necklace, you can’t help but be fascinated by it.  You also might be wondering, "Just what is solar quartz?" Solar quartz is a naturally agatized quartz that is sliced from stalactites. It is normally translucent to opaque with the most common colors being clear, white or gray.  Some also have druzy or mossy inclusions, which the pendant has both. A stalactite is a mineral formation that hangs from the roof of caves. Each stalactite starts out as a single drop of mineral laden water which leaves a very thin ring of calcite after it falls from the roof of a cave. Each drop leaves another mineral deposit, drip by drip. The average growth rate of a stalactite averages 0.13 mm (0.0051") a year, although some can grow faster, up to 3 mm (0.118”) a year, if there is a faster flow of water. Just imagine how many drips were needed to create the stalactite the solar quartz pendant came from!
Now you see why the necklace is named HIDDEN TREASURES, although the treasures are hidden no more.  The solar quartz stalactite slice is circular in shape, thicker in the middle than at the edges. The major color of the pendant is a creamy off white with a center of mossy green  inclusions. As you can see in the photos, each side is different. One side even has a small druzy inclusion filled with tiny, sparkling crystals. Held up to the light, you can see that the upper part of the pendant is more translucent and the lower part is opaque.  In a good light source, the solar quartz absolutely sparkles especially along the edges, something the photos do not show at all, unfortunately.
To play up the very mossy green inclusions of the solar quartz, lovely hand cut moss agate gemstone rounds and copper tubes were used make up the main body of the necklace.  Moss agate is a transparent dendritic agate which contains mineral inclusions that imitate the looks of plants, trees and landscapes. The green shades of the moss agate used in the unique necklace are varied, ranging from clear, to lime green, to grass green and all the way to a very dark green.  Each gemstone round has its own personality with such a diversity of inclusion patterning. Since the moss agate rounds were individually hand cut, there is a slight variation in the size of the stones.
Between each moss agate grouping of five in the front and sides of the necklace, antiqued Bali-style copper tubes were used to give a rich copper glow.  The copper tubes were individually handmade so there is slight variation from bead to bead. The tubes feature four lines of wire wrapping on each end and a snaking wire design around the center - a classic Bali design.  The copper was given a paina for an antiqued look.
To finish the HIDDEN TREASURES gemstone necklace, a Bali-style s-clasp set was used.  It has a flowing shape with the same classic wire wrapping and center snake design as the tube beads.

Solar Quartz is believed to be protective stone and is worn to connect the spirit to inner harmony.  Moss Agate is a gemstone of gardeners and is believed to enhance a love of nature; worn when planting, it is said to ensure a good crop. Copper is said to allow the wearer to recognize barriers in the path of personal development.

The one of a kind HIDDEN TREASURES solar quartz 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.  



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