Friday, January 07, 2011

Labradorite and Ocean Jasper necklaces

Here are a couple of necklaces that I  made in 2010. Please excuse the less than perfect photos. I took them before the sun came up and with a daylight lamp as the only illumination. The pink bit in the photo below is me holding the box with one hand and camera in the other.
This first one is a Labradorite cabochon bezel set in stirling silver with Labrodorite and rock crystal rectangular beads and round moonstone beads. The clasp is made of fine silver.
Apparently the beautiful blue/green flashes are because "the crystal system is triclinic and three directions of cleavage are present two of which form nearly right angle prisms"  (according to Wikepedia).
 I'll bet your glad I told you arent you? :)

The second necklace is an Ocean Jasper 'drop' which I mounted in silver clay. The beads are Mother of Pearl, CFW pearls, and 2 silver ring beads I made from scraps of left over clay. The bail and clasp were made from silver clay too.
According to Wikepedia "The trade name ocean jasper is used for a variety of Jasper found along the intertidal shores of northeast Madagascar."

I found this piece of Ocean Jasper among other treasures on the beautiful and inspiring website of Designer Cabochons.

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