Amazing Moukaite, African Brass, and Sterling Silver Wire-Wrapped Choker (YEL-015)
All the rich colors of Moukaite are seen in this stunning three-strand choker. Moukaite is an exciting member of the jasper family because its colorations may range from opaque earth tones of golden yellows, terra cotta reds, deep burgundy wine, mauves and creams—to every shade in between.Some stones show striking patterns of more than one color! The three brass beads are African Brass, created using a lost art wax casting process. The V-shaped basket weave bead is decorated with Miriam's Signature Swirl. The two African Brass accent beads have a spiral design and are shaped to accent the focal bead. There are two strands of nugget-shaped Moukaite, and one strand of Moukaite chips.
- Necklace is 16 inches long.
- V-shaped basket weave bead is two inches long.
- Two brass spiral beads are each one inch long.
- Clasp and Wire-Wrap are Sterling Silver.
- The six small beads near the clasp are Hill Tribes Silver.*
Moukaite is mined only in Australia. It is also known as Mookite, Mookaite Jasper, and Hicorite Jasper. This beautiful stone forms in the erosion areas of mountains as a filler in cracks. The various colors come from the foreign material that make up the stone, such as sand, clay and iron. *About hill tribes fine silver: These incredible tinybeads are created completely by hand in the remote mountain areas of Thailand, using a centuries old method, with the distinctive styling of the Hill Tribes. Fine silver has a purity of 95-99%, higher than 92.5% sterling silver. The silver is softer than sterling, the color is whiter, and it does not tarnish as readily as sterling silver.