Orange Sodalite Bronze Beauty Necklace (BLU-003)
Miriam’s Orange Sodalite Bronze Beauty Necklace is beautiful, unique, and versatile. Wear it all year round and for any occasion--day or evening—with a suit, jeans, or a sleek dress! The Bronze* beads Miriam selected add a distinctive artistic expression to this one-of-kind necklace. Although Sodalite is now found all over the world, the natural Orange Sodalite Miriam used for this beautiful necklace was mined in Brazil.
- Full length of the necklace is 17.5 inches, including the carved bronze.
- The pillowed oval center Sodalite stone measure 1.5 x 1-1/8 inches.
- The rest of the Orange Sodalite stones, also generously pillowed, measure from 1 to 1.5 inches long.
- mall accent beads are also Orange Sodalite.
- The hammered Old World Bronze™ barrel beads are 3/8 inches long and 2/8 inches in diameter at their center.
- The necklace is strung on a flexible 49-strand antique bronze stainless steel wire that is nylon coated.
Orange Sodaliteis a variety of the traditional Blue Sodalite, discovered in 1806 in Greenland. This lovely stone became more popular as an ornamental stone in 1891, when large deposits were found in Ontario, Canada. On a visit to Ontario, Princess Patricia chose Sodalite as the interior decoration for Marlborough House in England - and 130 tons of stone were quarried and shipped to England. Sodalite can be grey, yellow, orange, or pink.However, for gemstone use, Sodalite is typically varied shades of blue, and most often recognized by its white calcite veins. A rare form of Sodalite, Hackmanite (found in Afghanistan), is a translucent crystal found in grey to violet. The color varies with the sunlight. This unusual phenomenon is called tenebrescence – when a mineral changes color when exposed to sunlight – just like eyeglasses that darken in sunlight and lighten indoors.
*Miriam used Old World Bronze™beads that are handcrafted using an old-world wax method, and an exclusive bronze recipe developed by the Charveaux family of metalsmiths in Scottsdale, Arizona. As it ages, bronze develops a beautiful patina that enhances the individual character of each piece.