This handmade, sterling silver pendant is made with Two (2) natural stone cabochons. The bright, colorful stone on the bottom is a "cornflake" Carnelian a chalcedony from Oregon, very favored by collectors because of the pattern of inclusions and internal fractures (none of which affect the stones integrity.) I have paired this stone with another cheerful stone of rare Brazilian yellow quartz. The two together create the most optimistic of statements. :) Who could be bummed while wearing such a sunny creation??
I made this wire wrapped pendant setting with heavy sterling silver. As with all of my wire wrapped silver jewelry, the wire is not plated, filled or coated, but solid sterling silver. The two stones are held very securely together. The whole piece is made with the same wires. This is a very difficult wrap- one I have yet to see anyone else do. Despite the time involved in making this- I loved making it and plan to offer more as I acquire the right stone mates.
Please note: The carnelian is translucent. As it is pictured in three of the pictures, it has nothing behind it. This fact makes it appear more yellow. It is actually more of a yellow orange with bright orange highlights when it is backed. It will appear more like the hand and mannequin pictures when worn. Both ways are beautiful.
stone ---- carnelian, 43x26mm; yellow quartz, 19mm
pendant ---- 3.37" / 86mm long from top of bail to tip of bottom point; 1.16" / 29mm wide
bail ---- 7mm
This does not include a chain or cord.
You can purchase one here.
More about Carnelian Chalcedony:
Chalcedony is not technically its own category of rock, it is actually a type of quartz, but the crystal structure is so small and tight that one needs strong magnification to see it. It is common, although scientifically wrong, to refer to a chalcedony as a separate class, it is a quartz. It is also common for a chalcedony to be referred to as an agate, when it is not. However, both can be called a quartz. Yes, it does get confusing, but true chalcedony will be distinguished by having translucent (semi clear), single colors (not including inclusions aka impurities). The more colorful, the more valuable. Chalcedony will not contain bands, those would be agates.
Because chalcedony is hard, Moh's 6.5-7, it is very durable and takes a high polish. They are often carved and found en cabochon. Chalcedony has a waxy luster.
It is claimed to be a nurturing stone and has been called the stone of good will.