Star Cut Black Onyx Necklace, Sterling Silver Elegant Handmade Jewelry for Women

Item Description

Every woman should have an elegant black onyx and sterling silver necklace in their handmade jewelry collection, especially one as sparkling as the unique ASTEROPE necklace.  Named after a double star in the constellation Taurus, the necklace definitely lives up to it name.  Stunning star cut black onyx is the feature of the one of a kind necklace, onyx that sparkles and glitters at the slightest movement.  Artisan handmade sterling Bali beads and smaller sterling beads add remarkable silver glow to the overall design. This exquisite necklace will make people sit up and take notice whenever you wear it - a sparkling, geometric beauty.  A stylishly edgy jewelry addition for dress up or dress down, the unique beaded necklace was carefully designed and handmade by Catherine of Shadow Dog Designs.



  • Star cut black onyx cubes:  app. 10 mm x 10 mm
  • Sterling silver Bali beads:  app. 9 mm x 7 mm
  • Metal:  sterling silver
  • Clasp:  embellished sterling silver s-clasp set
  • Length:  app. 18.75" / 47.6 cm


*** For a better understanding of the relative size of the black onyx and Bali beads used in the ASTEROPE necklace, please be sure to check out photo # 6 for a size comparison with a quarter.


As was mentioned above, ASTEROPE is a double star found in the constellation, Taurus.  It is the name of one of the Pleiades in Greek mythology meaning “twinkling” or “lighting,” a perfect name for the necklace.  The cut of the 32 pieces of black onyx used in the gemstone necklace is a star cut:  each piece has fifteen flat faces, with each peak radiating out a five-pointed star.  The sparkle is amazing, changing as the angle of the light changes.  Just imagine wearing this necklace: the onyx full of star shine!


Three sterling silver Bali beads add even more interest to the front of the ASTEROPE necklace.  Individually created by artisans near the village of Celuk on the island of Bali, the silver beads have 12 sides.  The four sides around the middle of the beads have four dots of painstakingly applied sterling granulation, adding raised texture to the beads.  The beads were oxidized and then polished so the detail of the granulation stands out.  Sterling silver 3 mm beads separate the Bali beads from the black onyx.  


In between the front groupings of five star cut black onyx beads are 3 mm sterling beads.  Then each of two sets of three black onyx beads are separated by the 3 mm beads.  The back of the necklace has a group of five onyx gemstones.  To finish the ASTEROPE necklace perfectly, a sterling silver s-clasp with a double leaf design on one side was used.


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 believed to be a mirror to the soul, helping us to see ourselves as others see us.


The ASTEROPE star cut black onyx 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.  

Beautifully Unique Handmade Jewelry
for the Discerning Woman

N2188 - 08-03-17




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