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sterling, Bali silver  and aquamarine necklace
Dreaming, Part 11 - $284
Part of the Bast Collection
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Graduated rondelles of spectacular natural aquamarine are accented with tiny authentic Bali silver daisy spacers and fancy Bali silver openwork beadcaps. This lovely necklace is finished with a sterling silver figure eight clasp

This necklace measures 20 inches in length.

You can view other Aquamarine jewelry items here, or Bali Silver items here.

Aquamarine, the birth stone of March, is a member of the beryl family, which includes the emerald, but aquamarine is less brittle and more durable than emerald, which makes it an excellent choice for jewelry that will be worn frequently. Aquamarine ranges in color from light blue to bluish green to deep blue, which is the most valuable and desirable color. Be sure to store aquamarine jewelry in a dark place, as it often becomes paler if left out in the sun. Also be aware that far too much blue topaz (which is much cheaper) has been sold as aquamarine (but not here!). The legendary origin of aquamarine is that it was found in mermaids' treasure chests, making it renowned as a lucky stone for sailors. Its name is derived from the Latin words for "water" and "sea." Consequently, aquamarine is said to protect from perils of the sea, including seasickness. It also is said to heal nerve pain, glandular problems, toothaches and disorders of the neck, jaw and throat. Aquamarine is also said to have a soothing influence on land, especially with couples. Its power to help them work out their differences and ensure a long and happy life makes it a good anniversary gift. Dreaming of aquamarine is said to mean you will meet new friends. Sources of aquamarine include Brazil, India, Russia, Mozambique, Madagascar, Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Bali silver is handcrafted by talented silversmiths throughout the the island of Bali, a small island in the Indonesian archipelago, which is renowned for its artistic and cultural heritage.

For centuries, Balinese artists have perfected their skills. Communities specialize in specific artistic traditions that are passed down from generation to generation. As a result, these silversmiths display superb technique and immense patience. Each bead is carefully made with exquisite detail. Every silver dot is individually placed, every surface patterned by hand. Each bead is a work of art, and no two are exactly alike.

Dreaming, Part 11 - $284