Sapphire Crystal Necklace
A fashionable strand of multicolored, distorted and waterworn sapphire crystals from Ilakaka, Madagascar. Natural (untreated), these highly transparent pieces came from lots of gem rough intended for faceting into very tiny gemstones. I did not polish, nor tumble, these clean, intensely-colored crystals at all, but drilled them with fastidious attention to centering, which afforded the possibly for very precise graduation of sizes.
This particular necklace is one of three that made the most striking fashion statements, due to utilizing lots of extremely clean and bright material which was also quite expensive, even in the rough. Sturdy, neutral-colored 49-strand beadcord provides strength and flexibility (49 steel fibers in a cord of near 1/32" circumference). The 18 Karat yellow gold toggle set gives a designer touch, and the crimps and quality mark tag are also 18 Karat yellow gold. The artist inserts a tiny drop of glue inside each crimp before setting them with crimping pliers. This is not only a beautiful necklace, but one which comes with the above unique story to tell, and an artistic creation of quality throughout. An item to pass along as an heirloom of your knowledge and taste. Another image of this same necklace appears in the background of the home page.
The image on the right is of a similar work, with clean white sapphire crystals interspersed, and an 18Kt. yellow gold lobster claw clasp.