RESERVED. Do you feel the call of the beach on a daily basis? Even if you are landlocked, you can indulge your inner mermaid with this stunning, handmade statement necklace called, appropriately enough, MYSTERY OF THE DEEP. Just look at the beauty of this handmade beaded necklace! Carefully crafted with bamboo coral teardrops and nuggets and sterling silver, MYSTERY OF THE DEEP will definitely get you noticed for your exquisite good taste in one of a kind (OOAK) jewelry. MYSTERY OF THE DEEP was handmade by Catherine of Shadow Dog Designs.
I was in awe when I first laid eyes on the bamboo coral beads that were used in the handmade MYSTERY OF THE DEEP necklace. The first shape, lovely, graduated teardrops, provide great texture to the necklace because they all don't lay totally flat. Because of their shape, some teardrops stand up while some lay down, creating a fabulous kinetic look to the necklace. Take a look at the photos and you will see what I mean. Natural bamboo coral is an off-white color, so the beads used in MYSTERY OF THE DEEP were dyed a rich olive green color. But each teardrop took the dye a bit differently so you will see many shades of color, from light to dark. There are even some pale orange colored beads and some have a slight tinge of purple. All of this makes for a gorgeous display! And what is even more fascinating to me is almost every teardrop shows the natural polyp "flower" design that is exposed when the coral is cut. Please take a look at photo #5 that shows the teardrops up close - you can definitely see the "flowers". You will also notice that there are some pits and rough spots in the coral - that is absolutely natural to coral and under no way devalues the beauty of the coral. The bamboo coral teardrops make up the first 7.5" / 19.1 cm of the front of the necklace.
A stunning sterling silver fancy bead separates the front of the necklace from the back. The sterling bead has been oxidized and then polished. Oxidation stayed in the recesses of the beads to provide a beautiful contrast with the shine of the polished silver. And because of the design, there is a lot of contrast! The sterling bead is framed by sterling silver daisy spacers and sterling 2mm beads.
To add more interest and texture to MYSTERY OF THE DEEP, olive green bamboo coral nuggets were used to the side and back of the necklace. The color of the nuggets are a bit lighter than the teardrops which makes a nice contrast. Plus, if you look at photo #7, you will see not only a light olive color but also lavenders, oranges and browns. On many ends of the nuggets, you can also see the natural flower design of the coral polyps.
Sterling silver wire protectors were used at the ends of necklace for extra protection. The wire protectors were connected to a sterling silver hook clasp and extender chain and then crimped with sterling silver crimps. A sterling crimp cover covers each crimp to mimic a 3mm bead. As you can see in photo #9, the hook clasp has a beautiful curve to it and rope design decoration. The sterling extender chain is approximately 2" / 5.1 cm long and has a small piece of bamboo coral wire-wrapped to the end for a perfect finish.
For a better understanding of the relative size of the coral used in the MYSTERY OF THE DEEP necklace, please be sure to check out photo #8 for a size comparison to a dime.
Bamboo Coral helps the wearer to understand and value all life on Earth. Silver is a metal of love and healing; it is believed to be a mirror to the soul, helping us to see ourselves as others see us.
Here is the important information for MYSTERY OF THE DEEP:
Graduated bamboo coral teardrops: from app. 22mm x 15mm to 16mm x 10mm
Bamboo coral nuggets: on average, app. 12mm x 6mm
Fancy sterling bead: app. 14mm x 10mm
Metal: sterling silver
Clasp: hook clasp, app. 20mm x 10mm (at widest); sterling silver
Extender chain: app. 2" / 5.1 cm; sterling silver
Length: app. 17.5" / 44.4 cm to 19.5" / 49.5 cm
MYSTERY OF THE DEEP will come with two informational drop tags: one with the piece's name; the other lists the materials used in the necklace and the language of the stones and metals.
Stunning? Yes! Unique? Yes!! One of a kind? Yes!!! MYSTERY OF THE DEEP will be a necklace you will treasure year after year for its exquisite beauty!
***Please be aware that not all monitors show colors exactly the same. The colors of the items used to create my jewelry are extremely close to the actual color on my monitor. The colors may appear lighter or darker on your monitor.
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