Spectacular Green, Orange, Terracotta and Brown Rainforest Jasper and Bronze Necklace (GRN-008)
This natural Ryyolite necklace is a spectacular conversation piece! It is composed of large and beautifully faceted stones, created by nature in shades of mossy, light and dark greens, and terracotta reds and oranges, with touches of white and brown. This one-of-kind necklace is an extraordinary example of Miriam’s Southwestern Chicdesigns.Each stone has a different natural and striking pattern, accented by luxurious Old World Bronze(TM) beads. The bronze beads are artistically handcrafted utilizing an age-old, lost wax method using a formula developed by the Charveaux family of Scottsdale, Arizona. The luster and patina of the bronze beads as they age are more beautiful than gold! For this piece, Miriam chose graceful "lace" round beads and wavy not-quite-round spacers.
- This bold and attention-getting piece weighs approximately 6 ounces.
- Full length of the necklace is 22.50 inches, including the textured hand wrought bronze clasp.
- Eleven large, faceted Rhyolite stones are 20mm.
- Two faceted Rhyolite stones are16mm
- Twenty-eight Rhyolite saucers are 12mm
- Two Bronze "lace" beads are 18mm
- Fourteen Wavy Bronze spacers are 12mm x 2mm
- The necklace is strung on a flexible and strong 49strand stainless steel wire that is nylon coated.
Matching bracelet and earrings are available by special order.
About Ryolite: Ryolite is a relatively rare volcanic rock that exists naturally in mottled colors of brown, mossy green and a deep terra cotta (brick red). This interesting stone begins in a molten state that cools too quickly for crystals to form. Because rhyolitic magma and lava are so thick, they tend to build up pressure until a gas explosion in the volcano throws them out in particles ranging from ash all the way up to big blocky chunks. The decorative rock that is cut into the ornamental stones used for jewelry, is formed when the lava flow "bands" and is literally frozen into the stone. The stones with more green are often called Rainforest Jasper because of the forest-like colorations, but they are actually igneous rock with a high silica content — chemically identical to granite. Ryolite that is a bit lighter in color and has more distinct areas of red banding is also called "Rainbow" or "Peacock" Ryolite. The patterns on each stone vary greatly. An interesting tidbit: Although the terms Ryolite and Rhyolite are generally used interchangeably, geologists refer to "Rhyolite" as being grey, brown, or having a reddish hue. Both varieties are found in the USA and Africa.