This elegant necklace features amazonite beads with an elaborate sterling silver pendant on a sterling silver chain.
This pendant measures 18 inches in length.
You can view other Amazonite jewelry items here, or Sterling Silver items here.
Amazonite's lustrously vibrant blue-green colors are believed to be caused by the presence of iron and/or lead within the mineral. Amazonite is sometimes confused with jade or aquamarine. Some credit it with improving the skin, easing fear and anxiety and providing balance to one's thoughts and communications. Others say amazonite makes married life happier.
Ironically named after the Amazon River, no Amazonite has ever been found in the Amazon region. Most of the world's Amazonite can be found in the USA, the Ilmen Mountains of Russia, Africa and Australia.
Sterling silver is a white, highly reflective precious metal composed of 925 parts of pure silver and 75 parts alloy, usually copper. Copper provides the silver with sufficient hardness and wearing qualities, as pure silver is sometimes considered too soft to be used or worn everyday.
At times, we oxidize or "antique" our finished sterling pieces to blacken the recessed areas, and then rub the rest of the piece to a high white shine. Oxidizing can give a piece of jewelry wonderful depth and rustic feel.