Make a Bold Statement in this Amazing Ryolite and Bronze Necklace (GRN-009)
This natural Ryolite necklace makes a bold impression! It is composed of graduated stones, from large-to-small, with faceted nuggets and handwrought Old World Bronze™. Natural amazing colors range from moss green, light-to-dark greens, splashes of terracotta reds and oranges, and touches of white and brown. This one-of-kind necklace is an extraordinary example of Miriam’s Wearable Art. The graduated rondelle stones are antique, purchased from the private collection of an Arizona stone-hound.Each stone has a different natural and striking pattern. The bronze beads are artistically handcrafted utilizing an age-old, lost wax method using a formula developed by the Charveaux family of Scottsdale, Arizona. As they age, the luster and patina of the bronze beads are more beautiful than gold!
- Bold and attention-getting piece weighs approximately 6 ounces.
- Full length of the necklace is 20.50 inches, including the textured hand wrought bronze clasp.
- The graduated large-to-small rondelles range from 25mmx20mm at the center, to 12mm x 10mm at each end.
- Four faceted Ryolite nuggets are 23mm x 15mm.
- Four flat and textured discs are 20mm.
- Four beaded round bronze beads are 10mm x 5mm
- Eighteen flat round spacers approximately 9mm.
- The necklace is strung on a flexible and strong 49-strand stainless steel wire that is nylon coated.
About Ryolite: Ryolite is a relatively rare volcanic rock that exists naturally in mottled colors of brown, mossy green and a deep rusty-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 rocks 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.