Rectangle Pearl and Garnet with Bali silver
Rectangle pearls accented with bali sterling and deep
red Garnets make for a great contrast
Dimensions 16 L with 2 1/2 extender
Pearls: Throughout history, the pearl, with its warm inner
glow and shimmering iridescence, has been one of the
most highly prized and sought after gems. In ancient
Rome, pearls were considered the ultimate symbol of
wealth and social standing. The Greeks held the pearl in
high esteem for both its unrivaled beauty and its
association with love and marriage.
A natural pearl begins life as a foreign object, such as a
parasite or piece of sand, that accidentally becomes
lodged in the oyster's soft inner body where it cannot be
expelled. In an effort to ease this irritant, the oyster's
body takes defensive action and begins to secrete a
smooth, hard crystalline substance around the irritant in
order to protect itself. This substance is called nacre. As
long as the irritant remains within its body, the oyster will
continue to secrete layer upon layer of nacre around the
irritant. After a few years, the irritant will be totally
encased by the silky crystalline coatings. The result is
the lovely and lustrous gem called a pearl.
Cultured pearls are formed by oysters in an almost
identical fashion, except that man surgically implants the
irritant - a small piece of polished shell - in the oyster,
rather than leaving it to chance. The process from then
on is the same as with natural pearls.
Garnets have been known to Man for thousands of
years. Noah, it is said, used a garnet lantern to help him
steer his ark through the dark night. Garnets are also
found in jewellery from early Egyptian, Greek and Roman
times. Many an early explorer and traveller liked to carry
a garnet with him, for the garnet was popular as a
talisman and protective stone, as it was believed to light
up the night and protect its bearer from evil and disaster.
Today, science has taught us that the garnet's proverbial
luminosity comes from its refractive index.
Not only do garnets have many colours; they also have
many names: almandine, andradite, demantoid,
grossularite, hessonite, pyrope, rhodolite, tsavorith,
spessartine, and uvarovite, to quote but a few.
Bali beads are Sterling silver beads which are produced
in Bali,on a small island in Indonesia from a community
in Celuk, These artists are specialized silver craftsmen
from generations,and They are known for their
granulation and wire work decoration. They use very
simple tools and make the silver entirely by hand. They
mix the fine pure silver, copper and metals that will melt
when heated with a torch. After that, the silver will be
poured into a mold to create a sheet or a wire. The silver
is then cut into different shapes and sizes. After it is
formed, they will be cleaned by a solution and dipped
into an oxidixing solution which fills the silver with a dark
colour and highlights the images on a bead.
A limited amount of bali silver is made by casting
because of the nature of the design. Some of designs
also needs both hand skill and the casting process.
Although it is casted, the material used is still 92.5
sterling silver or better known as 925.
May we suggest matching Earrings:
|Pearls should not be exposed to water, cleansers,
excessive perspiration or prolonged sunlight. They
may be cleaned with a soft cloth.
Sterling silver will tarnish over time. To clean, use a
polishing cloth, commercial cleaner or sprinkle a fair
amount of dry baking powder on a soft cloth. Rub
carefully to avoid scratching stones or glass
components. When done, shake the powder off.