Components

*Copper Mosaic Turquoise cut by Gary Wilson
*Amethyst
*Freshwater Pearls
*Turquoise
*Vermeil chain, spacers
*Gold-filled settings, findings, 14k gold earring posts
*Necklace is signed, numbered, dated

Length: 17.5" - 22" (44.5 cm - 56 cm) Shown on model at shortest length
Centerpiece: 1.25" x 1.25" (3 cm x 3 cm)
Weight: 1.7 oz (47.4 gm)

Earring length: 1.25" (3 cm)
Earring weight: 5 gm ea (a nickel weighs about 5 gm)

Item #741 - Necklace is sold

#741-e - Earrings $250

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Bird's-eye Speedwell Necklace and Earrings

Bird's-eye Speedwell Necklace
Bird's-eye Speedwell Necklace Back
Bird's-eye Speedwell Necklace on model
Bird's-eye Speedwell Earrings
Bird's-eye Speedwell Earrings
Bird's-eye Speedwell Necklace
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Which question arose for you first: "What is bird's-eye speedwell?" or "What kind of stone is this?" or perhaps, "Who would dye turquoise purple?!" Inquiring minds need to know! I can answer some of your questions: The tiny four-petaled blue flower in the center of the necklace stone resembles the Bird's-eye or common Speedwell (Veronica persica), a pretty little blue, four-petaled garden weed originally from Eurasia. We couldn't go naming the necklace after the Heavenly Blue which has no separate petals or the five-petaled Bengal Clock Vine or Forget-me-nots! No. Azure Bluets have four petals but the slender petals are widely spaced, unlike our flower. "Veronica" might have been a lovely name too, I'll gladly rename it if your name is Veronica!

As to the nature of the stones in this set: they are dyed, copper-infused, composite turquoise. It is called "copper mosaic turquoise." As I understand it, bits of turquoise are dyed various colors, in this case a variety of purples, then the material is compressed with copper-infused resin to form the pretty stones you see here. This is quite a departure for me since usually I prefer natural stones, as you know. However I thought these stones were pretty cool so bought some in four different color ranges. You may see other pieces soon with the other colors... or not. I can only seem to make what calls out to me at the moment, so we'll see when I can get to them.

So what do you think? This is a very unusual set and you have to admit the amethyst and turquoise colors are downright yummy... perhaps it calls to you? If so please order it today!