Australian Matrix Opal

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This is a Koroit Boulder Opal with warm reddish-brown matrix and with blue and green veins of Opal. The graduated color gemstone beads on the strap are both complementary and coordinating with the pendant. It's a highly glossy pendant so it's difficult to photograph in natural light without reflections in the stone itself. 

The Specifics:
The pendant is a Koroit Boulder Opal
The gem beads are, in order, purplish-blue Tanzanite, dark blue Kyanite, blue and green Apatite, Topaz, red Garnet, and orange Hessonite Garnet beads.
The tiny seed beads are both Japanese and Czech glass in a variety of sizes.
The lobster clasp, and chain and crimp beads are the only metal on this piece, and they are 14 K Gold filled,
(but if you prefer Sterling Silver, message me).

Measurements:
The pendant, including the beaded bail, is 1 1/8 inches long.
The centerpiece is 11/16 inches wide. 
The necklace length is your choice: just message me with what length you'd like, (up to 24 inches at no extra cost), plus I add a 1.5 inch extender chain on each piece.

Shipping:
Your new necklace comes packaged in a pretty, sturdy cardboard gift box, with cotton padding.
I will ship your new necklace First Class, via USPS, for free with insurance and tracking.

How it's made:
The setting is made of tiny glass seed beads, which are hand stitched, one bead to the next, with a fine beading needle, using a heavy-duty 6 lb test, spun, braided, nylon beading thread. There are multiple plies of this thread in every bead! I start making a netting to form the back side of the bezel, and then, while holding the stone in place, I sew one bead at a time around the perimeter of the cabochon, slowly building the beaded bezel, 
to fit each unique gemstone, until it is encased. My beadwork is NOT attached to the stone, just well-fitted to it.
The straps are strung on cable, which is made of 49 strands of stainless steel microwire, coated with nylon to protect it from abrasion, rated at a minimum of 10 lb test strength.

Notes:
When you look at these, bear in mind, I am NOT a photographer. I guarantee this is prettier in person! I took these photos in natural daylight and do my best to accurately portray the colors as they look in real life.
Write me with any questions!

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