This Boulder Opal has a dark mahogany ironstone matrix, with vivid, sparkling blue bands of Opal veining. It's surrounded with a starburst beaded frame studded with Sapphire beads. Graduated blue gemstone beads on the strap.
The pendant is Australian Boulder Opal.
The gem beads are blue Apatite, indigo Iolite, and royal blue Sapphire 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 14K Gold filled, (but if you prefer Sterling Silver, message me).
The pendant, including the beaded "rays", is 1 1/2 inches long.
The entire beaded centerpiece is 1 5/8 inches wide.
The necklace length is your choice: just pick your desired length from the drop-down menu, (anywhere up to 24 inches at no extra cost), plus I add a 1.5 inch extender chain on each piece.
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.
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!