*K2 cut by Gary Wilson
*3mm faceted Hematite
*Vintage satin tube beads, vintage 16/0 seed beads
*Sterling setting, findings
*Necklace is signed, numbered, dated

Length: 18" - 22" (46 cm - 56 cm)
Centerpiece:  7/8" x 3/4" (2.2 cm x 2 cm)
Weight: 0.4 oz (10.5 gm)

Item #817 - $360

Necklace $360:

K2 Necklace

K2 Necklace
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K2 Necklace Back
K2 Necklace on model
K2 Necklace
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Here's a precious teensy K2 surrounded by 3mm faceted Hematites. K2 is a relatively new find from Pakistan near K2, the second highest and second most dangerous mountain in the world for climbers.

Our K2 stone is a white granite with fascinating blue, black and grey splotches. K2 is too new to be included in our go-to books on the metaphysical properties of stones, but on-line sources claim it promotes a grounding intuition. Granite itself, Melody says, helps train the user in the difference between beliefs and "knowing." That's interesting because I dare tell you this?... Well, maybe: You may have noticed that this tiny stone is not perfectly rectangular. To me, it looked like Gary cut it to preserve and protect something precious about it. He is quite obviously perfectly capable of cutting a perfectly rectangular stone, but he didn't do that with this one. Why? I didn't ask him, but I'll tell you what I "knew" (in Melody's sense) about this sweet thing with its tiny bulge: this stone is pregnant. There, I said it. You may choose to disagree.

A recent note on mindat references an analysis of the blue material in K2 which "points to Azurite." Ahsian calls Azurite "the stone of insight and vision." The Hematite cabs reference the tiny dark flakes of Biotite in the K2. Ahsian calls Hematite a stone of "manifest union between Spirit and the world." Biotite is in the Mica group, Melody says it helps one look at issues intelligently "with input from the loving side." That's a lot of metaphysical power to pack into such a small jewel!

The delicate necklace consists of vintage satin glass tubes (~2mm in diameter) interspersed with tiny seed beads to reflect the colors in the stone. Satin glass has a remarkable inner glow. How is it made? We can see the tiny tubes are drawn (pulled to a smaller diameter while hot), not wound individually around a mandrel. But beyond that, hmmm. Unfortunately there seems to be very little information relating to the history and production of seed beads, but Peter Francis Jr.'s Beads of the World came to the rescue: He tells us that "satin glass is made by purposely introducing bubbles into the glass. When the tube is drawn out the bubbles elongate and produce a satiny effect.. Mostly Czech, where they are called 'Atlas' glass."

I assumed there would be something in my bead stash that would match the Azurite in the K2 but nothing in the over-stuffed blue seed bead drawer was right. Fortunately my hoard of vintage seed beads had little 16/0 blue seed beads (~1.25 mm) which matched perfectly.

If you prefer smaller, more delicate necklaces perhaps this piece is for you! Please order it today, there will never be another.