Vivid Red Sponge Coral and Peacock Ryolite Necklace is Stunning (RED-002)
Miriam combined the vivid colors of "Peacock" Ryolite with stunning Red Sponge Coral to create a striking and unique necklace. She selected individual "Rainbow" or "Peacock" stones that are lighter in color and have more distinct areas of red banding, than its related “Rainforest Rhyolite.” Each natural Ryolite stone in this colorful necklace has a different natural pattern in hues of striking red-terra cotta, green, brown, and beige. These large nuggets are faceted to highlight the gorgeous red-terra cotta banding--which is even more striking contrasted with the solid Red Sponge Coral.
- Full length of the necklace is 20.50 inches, including the beautiful textured Sterling Silver clasp.
- Large faceted Rhyolite nuggets measure approximately 20x13mm
- Red Sponge Coral round beads are 20mm in diameter.
- Sterling silver "flat tires" are 3mm and 6mm in diameter
- The necklaces is strung on a 0.019 inch flexible and strong 49-strand stainless steel wire that is nylon coated.
- This necklace weighs in at approximately 7 ounces.
Both Ryolite and Sponge Coral are natural creations of Mother Nature.
- 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 geological 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.
- Sponge Coral is not a “sponge,” but a type of coral imported from Asia that has a sponge-like appearance. Good sponge coral has a vibrant orange-red color, some with streaks or tinges of yellow in it; lower-quality specimens having a brownish tint or larger areas of yellow. Naturally occurring Sponge Coral is porous and very rough, with “spongy-looking” pockets. Jewelry quality Sponge Coral beads are stabilized and highly polished, like the glossy beads Miriam used, which have had the pockets filled with a polymer or a resin. While the lower-quality specimens are less valuable, they do have a varied visual appearance that can still be valuable in jewelry. Sponge coral also occurs naturally in blue with a gray tinge. Caring for Sponge Coral: Because of its porous nature, sponge coral requires special care. Do not use chemical cleaners on coral and prevent sponge coral jewelry from receiving sharp blows. To clean sponge coral, wipe it down with a damp cloth and allow it to air dry before you put it away. Sponge coral should be stored in cloth bag or in its own box to prevent it from getting scratched by other pieces of jewelry.