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The Crack Between the Worlds Necklace


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Crack Between the Worlds Necklace   This necklace includes:
*Owyhee Canyon jasper cut by Gary Wilson
*Tiger opal, labradorite
*African jade
*Faceted pearls, irregular pearls
*Sterling bezel, vermeil findings

Length:  21" - 24" (53cm - 61cm)
Centerpiece:  1" x 3" (2.5cm x 8cm)
Weight:  4.2 oz (130 gm)

Photo: Melinda Holden

  Item #235             Lost in Fire
Please click on the image for a detailed photo.
NOTE: This necklace is asymmetrical! The cab sits to the right of center! Please click on the image to see a detailed image of how it rests on the body.

This cabochon came home with me with an invoice marked "Owyhee Canyon jasper" but the colors are unlike the Owyhee I've seen before. It is almost certainly a jasper of some kind. As is typical of Gary Wilson's cabs, this one is beautifully finished. Do you know a good trick for determining the quality of a cab? Hold it under a long fluorescent light and move it slowly back and forth. A poorly cut cab will reflect thin light bulb as all wiggly and distorted. A well cut cab like this one reflects it like a mirror would.

I made a silver bezel so I could attach gourd stitch beadwork. The beads in the necklace are an unusual collection: The large 10mm brownish beads and the 4mm rounds are tiger opal. The faceted green beads are African jade. The beads which appear whitish here are actually labradorite, beautifully faceted. Curiously, these look more like moss agate than labradorite, with dark green mossy inclusions which is why I used them-- the greyish white and dark green matched the colors in the cab. The golden pearls and dark purplish-brown pearls are faceted. The tiny bronze colored elements are also pearls, as are the long iridescent green sticks.

The piece is balanced so the cab sits upright while resting to the right of center on the body. Please click on the image to see a photo of how it rests on the body. I wanted the line of the necklace to follow the greyish slanting "crack" in the stone. Don't worry-- the crack is actually just a colored band-- there is no crack in the stone, the surface is perfectly smooth. The term "the crack between the worlds" is don Juan's.

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