Exotic Elephant Skin Jasper & Bronze Necklace for Men and Women (EAR-003)
The intricate natural pattern of Elephant Skin Jasperis exotic--and a good example of a how so many Jaspers are misnamed--and truly one of the most interesting stones in Miriam’s collection! Japers are known by different names depending on the person who describes it, and frequently based on the specific color, pattern or origin of the stone. The stones in this necklace are a striking pattern of toasty brown, wine brown, and a deep golden yellow. Elephant Skin Jasper is also known as Arabic Script Stone, Miriam Stone, Cobra Stone, and Calligraphy stone.Regardless of what you call it, this wonder of Mother Nature is a combination of mineral calcite, and sea shells or coral shells, sand, and other materials compressed together at enormous pressure. Mined in South Africa, it also found in the Himalayan mountains in India, where it is known as Coquina Jasper. Some stone aficionados prefer the name Coquina Jasper as being more accurate –Coquina is the Spanish word for cockleshells or shellfish. This wonderful natural stone may also contain some hematite and Iron Shell Fossils, which are ammonites coiled up in shells and preserved by nature in iron-pyrite. This complex structure is what gives the exotic look to each stone.
- The full length of this necklace is 18.75 inches, including the handwrought Bronze textured clasp
- Each unique Oval stone is approximately 24 x 15mm and 9mm in depth.
- The handwrought Bronze beads are textured, yet smooth to the touch and measure approximately 11 x 8mm, with a depth of 4mm in the centers.
- The necklace is strung on a strong but flexible 0.019, 49-strand stainless steel wire that is nylon coated.
Miriam used Old World Bronze (TM). These gorgeous beads are handcrafted using an old-world wax method, and a bronze recipe developed by the Charveaux family of metalsmiths in Scottsdale, Arizona. Each bead is created under the watchful eye of three generations of this dedicated family of jewelry designers.
Matching earrings and bracelet are available by special order.