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On this page, the beautiful glowing neutral tones of TIGERS EYE and TIGER IRON, BRONZITE and PIETERSITE.

These natural stones are known for their shimmering colors - or "chatoyancy."

In gemology chatoyancy (or chatoyance) is an optical reflectance effect coined from the French "chat oeil," meaning "cat's eye."

Chatoyancy arises either from the fibrous structure of a material, as in Tigers Eye, or from fibrous inclusions or cavities within the stone,

as in cat's eye chrysoberyl. The effect can be likened to the sheen off a spool of silk, or the sun shining on a lovely lake - like a gentle, wavering reflection of color.

For a gemstone to show this effect it must be carefully cut with the fibers or fibrous structures parallel to the base of the finished stone.

Miriam seeks out stones that show the very finest of this shimmering feature.

She photographs the finished jewelry in very bright sunlight to show the full chatoyancy (shimmer and glow) of each stone.

Please scroll down the page to find your favorite!

 

TIGERS EYE and TIGER IRON

TIGERS-EYE (or Tigereye) is available in a golden brown, reddish brown, and greenish brown. Another variety, called HAWKS-EYE has a much darker bluish to black color. Miriam’s gorgeous Tigers-Eye and Hawks-Eye jewelry features stones, carved into smoothly polished spheres, triangles or rondelles, all patterned with natural bands and swirls. The striking optical effect, due to fibers in the stone, makes the surface appear to shimmer as the stone is rolled from side to side. The red version is gently heat treated to bring out the iron oxide that is a natural component of the stone. The blue stones are also heat treated to bring out the blue crocidolite fibers. These beautiful stones are found in the United States, Canada, Korea, China, Brazil, Namibia, India, and Burma. TIGER IRON is a composite stone created by nature from golden yellow Tigers-Eye, Black Hematite, and a deep reddish-brown Jasper. Tiger Iron does not show the optical effect of Tigers-eye, but has an interesting banded pattern that is even more lovely when the stone is faceted or highly polished. The Hematite has a gunmetal grey silky sheen. Tiger Iron is found in South Africa, with major deposits in Australia.

Tigers Eye and Jet Necklace

TigerEye&Jet Necklace

TigerEye&Jet Necklace Beads

The cuff-like design of this bold TIGERS-EYE Necklace is enhanced by Miriam's generous use of hammered Sterling Silver rondelles in an eye-catching design.

The red, golden-brown and blue Tigers and Hawks-Eye stones are triangular and measure 0.5 inches, and are 0.25 inches thick.

The photos were taken in very bright sunlight to show the full chatoyancy (shimmer and glow) of the "Tiger's Eye" colors.

Two JET chunky rectangles and a Red Tigers-Eye form the centerpiece of the Necklace. The Jet rectangular stones measure 0.5 x 5/8-inches and are 0.5 inches thick.

Necklace length is 19 inches.

Suggested retail price is $450. YOUR ONLINE PRICE IS ONLY $385.

TigersEyeSPG-09 $385
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Tigers-Eye & Bali Focal Necklace

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This red and golden-brown Tigers-Eye Necklace is designed using a variety of shaped stones.

The photos were taken in very bright sunlight to show the full chatoyancy (shimmer and glow) of the "Tiger's Eye" colors.

The focal point of the Necklace is an ornate handcrafted Silver Bali Bead that is 3/8-inches in diameter and round Tigers-Eye measuring 0.25 inches in diameter.

The barrel-shaped beads vary from 3/8 to 0.25 inches; some are faceted. 

Necklace length is 18.5 inches.

Suggested retail price is $234. YOUR ONLINE PRICE IS ONLY $180.

TigersEyeSPG-010 $180
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Tigers-Eye & Hammered Silver Necklace

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This stunning necklace is beautifully accented with rectangular and barrel-shaped hammered Sterling Silver. Sterling Silver rondells also compliment the shimmering red, golden-brown and blue Tigers and Hawks-Eye stones. The photos were taken in very bright sunlight to show the full chatoyancy (shimmer and glow) of the "Tiger's Eye" colors.

The stones are triangular and measure 3/8 inches, and are just a tad less than 0.25 inches thick.

The Focal Rectangular Sterling Silver bead is approximately 0.75 inches long and 0.25 inches wide.

The rounded barrels are approximately 0.5 inches long and 0.25 inches in diameter. Full Necklace length is 18 inches.

Suggested retail price is $350. YOUR ONLINE PRICE IS ONLY $270.

TigersEyeSPG-011 $270
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Tigers-Eye Necklace & Pendant Set

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The shimmering quality and striking optical effect of this beautiful Tigers-Eye Pendant is accented by Miriam's Signature Swirl and the Sterling Silver Bale that is woven with Tigers-Eye barrels and rondelles. A simple but elegant Tigers and Hawks-Eye multicolor Necklace of round and rondelle beads is the perfect hostess to this highly polished Tigers-Eye gemstone.

The striped pattern of the Pendant shimmers and changes as the light moves around it.

The photos were taken in very bright sunlight to show the full chatoyancy (shimmer and glow) of the "Tiger's Eye" colors.

The Pendant measures 1.75 inches. Each of the Tigers-eye golden-brown and red, and Hawks-Eye blue-black stones measure 0.25 inches in diameter.

Full Necklace length is 21 inches. Priced at $250.

Fire TigersEyeSPG-012 $250
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Tigers-Eye Round Stone & Bali Necklace

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Tigers Eye Round & Bali Necklace  Bali Clasp

Intricately decorated Silver Bali Beads accent this graceful and multicolor Tigers and Hawks-Eye Necklace. The center focal stone is a golden brown triangle measuring 0.5 inches, and is 0.25 inches thick. The smaller triangular stones measure 3/8 inches, and are just a tad less than 0.25 inches thick. The round red, golden-brown, and blue Tigers-eye and Hawks-eye stones are 0.25 inches in diameter. The bluish-grey Hawk's Eye is shown in the closeup, which also shows the detail of the Bali beads.

The photos were taken in very bright sunlight to show the full chatoyancy (shimmer and glow) of the "Tiger's Eye" colors.

Full Necklace length is 20 inches. Priced at $245.

TigersEyeSPG-013 $245
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BRONZITE and PIETERSITE

BRONZITE is a rich chocolate brown with metallic areas that have a distinct golden-bronze luster. It is a mineral that contains iron and magnesium. Gemologists refer to the shimmering quality of this stone as chatoyancy - an optical reflectance that looks like a silky sheen. Technically, chatoyancy comes either from the fibrous structure of the material or from fibrous inclusions or cavities within the stone. Bronzite deposits are found in Burma, Brazil, Kenya, India, Mexico, Sri Lanka, South Africa, Tanzania and the United States.

Miriam loves how the shimmering golden-bronze chatoyancy of Bronzite blends beautifully with another natural stone - PIETERSITE. This remarkable and rare variety of tiger-eye was first discovered in 1962. It is most commonly found in Namibia, South Africa, and in 1993 was found near Nanyang, Henan, China. In addition to the deep golden brown coloration, Chinese Pietersite has striking combinations of red, maroon and blue color segments that may appear alone or together. (Reportedly, this variety of PIETERSITE was not exported to the West until 1997, when the Chinese became aware of its value.) Pietersite blues may range from a baby blue to a dark midnight hue. Pietersite shows the same striking chatoyancy as Bronzite, with bright and subtly changing shimmers of color that moves along the surface of the stone as it is viewed from varying angles.

BRONZITE-PIETERSITE NECKLACE-PENDANT COMBO & MATCHING EARRINGS

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The rectangular BRONZITE focal stone of this bold Necklace measures 1 x 1.25 inches. The 2.25-inch Pendant is attached to an unusual Sterling Silver beaded element attached to a three-strand Necklace that includes one strand of Pietersite and one strand of hand-rolled African brass beads. The third strand is fine glass in coordinating silvery bronze.

The full length of the Necklace is 18 inches. The S-shaped clasp has a delicate twist design.

The photos were taken in very bright sunlight to show the full chatoyancy (shimmer and glow) of the "Tiger's Eye" colors.

Suggested retail price for the necklace is $230. YOUR ONLINE PRICE IS ONLY $175.

MATCHING BRONZITE EARRINGS WITH PIETERSITE & STERLING SILVER ACCENT BEADS

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Matching Bronzite & Pietersite Earrings are 1- 3/8 inches long – with stones that match the chatoyancy (golden shimmer) of the Pendant. Earwires are Sterling Silver.

Earrings are priced separately at $85.

Bronzite-Pietersite Necklace-Pendant $175
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Bronzite-Pietersite Earrings $85
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BRONZITE & AFRICAN BRASS NECKLACE WITH DETACHABLE BRONZITE AND STERLING SILVER SWIRL PENDANT

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The rectangular BRONZITE focal stone of this shimmering Pendant measures 1 x 1.25 inches. The full Pendant measures two inches and carries Miriam's Sterling Silver Signature Swirl, decorated by a Pietersite bead. The five-strand Necklace has one full strand of BRONZITE beads (round and rice-shaped with a touch of Sterling Silver), and one strand of hand-rolled African brass beads. The other three strands are fine glass in coordinating colors, including a rich matte black. As on all Miriam's Necklaces, the clasps and cones are Sterling Silver. The full length of the Necklace is 22 inches. Although sold only as a set, you can wear the Pendant and Necklace separately.

The photos were taken in very bright sunlight to show the full chatoyancy (shimmer and glow) of the Bronzite pendant.

The suggested retail price of the necklace plus pendant is $250. YOUR ONLINE PRICE IS ONLY $175.

This Pendant also matches the Bronzite-Pietersite Earrings shown earlier.

Bronzite Swirl Pendant with Necklace $175
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PIETERSITE NECKLACE-ROUND PENDANT SET & MATCHING EARRINGS

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Pietersite Necklace Beads

A round PIETERSITE Pendant shows Nature's extraordinary blend of golden browns, deep reds and maroons, and blue-grays that are the hallmarks of this outstanding natural stone. Like most of Miriam's pendants, this one is reversible, and the two photos show the beautiful variations of Pietersite.

Delicate flower-shaped Sterling Silver bead caps accent the Pietersite beads at the top and bottom of the Pendant.

The focal stone is 1-1/8 inches in diameter; the full Pendant is three inches long. One strand of Pietersite beads highlights the luxurious four-strand Necklace, which includes one strand of African brass beads that are hand rolled. The other two strands are fine glass in coordinating colors. The full length of the Necklace is 22 inches.

The Sterling Silver bars at the end of the Necklace, and the s-shaped clasp have artistically carved designs that compliment the look of the Necklace.

The photos were taken in very bright sunlight to show the full chatoyancy (shimmer and glow) of the Pietersite and its golden browns, reds,maroons, and blue-grays

as well as the translucent areas of the Pietersite necklace beads.

Although sold only as a set, you can wear the pendant and necklace separately.

The suggested retail price of the necklace plus pendant is $250. YOUR ONLINE PRICE FOR THE SET IS ONLY $175

Matching Pietersite Earrings have Sterling Silver Earwires with delicate flower accents.

The suggested retail price of the rectangular earrings is $110. YOUR ONLINE PRICE IS ONLY $85

This particular set of earrings has been sold... New design coming soon... For a custom design, email moonbeams@powercom.net

Bronzite-Pietersite Necklace-Pendant Set $175
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Pietersite Rectangle Earrings - $85
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PIETERSITE MARQUISE AND BRONZE NECKLACE & WIRE-WRAPPED ROUND PENDANT

     

This amazing Pietersite and Bronze Marquise Necklace includes a stunning round pendant that Miriam has wire wrapped in bronze. 

Miriam is known for her careful selection of stones that exhibit the very best natural features.

The unique stones she selected for this Pietersite Necklace and Pendant show Mother Nature's finest and

most extraordinary chatoyancy with a blend of golden browns, deep reds and maroons, and blue-grays.

The photos of this necklace were taken in the blazing natural Arizona sunlight, so all the natural shimmering colors of Pietersite are evident.

Full length of the necklace is 18-3/4 inches.

The extraordinary Pietersite focal stone is 36mm in diameter.

The Marquise Pietersites, chosen to match and compliment the colors of the focal stone, are approximately 24mm long.

Hand-rolled bronze beads from Africa are used as spacers, along with 4mm round Pietersite stones.

The hand wrought and textured Bronze Marquise beads are 16x9mm

The Clasp is also hand-wrought Bronze

The necklace is strung on a strong but flexible Antique Bronze Metallic color beading wire.

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We have tried as best possible to describe each item in great detail, and to take accurate photos to show the sizes, shapes and natural colorations of the stones and beading. Some photos are enlarged to show details of the stones, beading and silver components. If you have questions about a particular stone shape, size or coloration, please email moonbeams@powercom.net before you order. Miriam will be happy to answer your questions personally. (Note: Earrings are priced for pierced ears. Clip-on Earrings are available only by special order. Pricing on request.)

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"Simply Elegant!" Silver Jewelry...

Semiprecious Gemstone Necklaces, Pendants & Earrings - All less than $200.

Miriam will Custom-Design spectacular gemstone jewelry just for you!
Ordering your Miriam jewelry is easy.

In fact - it's fun!

Using photos provided by Miriam,
you choose a centerpiece stone from Miriam's extraordinary collection
of hand-selected gemstones.
Miriam does the rest ... Working her magic to create YOUR Custom-Designed jewelry.
For details, email Miriam: moonbeams@powercom.net

 

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