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Rare and Precious

This page showcases some of the rare and unique stones that I only encounter once in a blue moon. I try to create something special with these or simply show off their beauty.

The Classic.The classic pearl necklace, these very fine rosy white cultured salt-water Akoya pearls are hand-knotted on silk with an 18K gold clasp set with a matching pearl. 18 inches long, these are the perfect accent with any attire, from formal to casual.  Salt-water cultured pearls have a deeper luster and sheen than  freshwater pearls.  These stunning pearls are a bargain at the special price of $299.95. These very special pearls are of the quality expected in a fine family heirloom. Mediterranean coral is becoming increasingly rare as the corals are damaged by pollution in the waters. This necklace is made from pink angelskin coral beads I acquired over 30 years ago, including the beautifully carved cylinder beads and the pendant fruit. Hand-knotted on silk with gold-filled accents, about 24 inches long, with a handmade gold-filled hook and eye clasp. $99.95.
This stunning strand of natural ruby graduated rondels is about 24 inches long and features a handmade enamel bead accented by gold-filled beads. Gold-filled pearl (fishhook safety) clasp. Strung on silk and hand-knotted every inch. $199.95 Rare and exotic garnets prove that garnet comes in colors other than dark red. Hessonite garnet comes in lovely warm shades of brown, in necklaces of 6mm faceted rondels and 8mm flattened rounds, accented with sterling silver. 16 inches long with sterling silver S-hook clasp and 3 inch extender chain for flexible length choices. $89.95. Necklace with handmade glass bead SOLD.

Very dark blue sapphire ovals, accented by silvery gray freshwater pearls and sterling silver accents will add a touch of elegance to any outfit. 15 inches long with sterling silver S-hook clasp and 3 inch extender chain, allowing for flexible length choices. $199.95
Vintage turquoise heishi, very fine, flows in 5 strands from a handmade sterling silver cone and clasp, like water in the desert. The natural color is very uniform, and the beads are very even. I think I acquired these very nice stones around 1980 - I made 2 necklaces, and kept one for myself. Truly an heirloom to hand down. About 22 inches long, $179.95.
Red coral. Natural red coral from the Mediterranean is becoming increasingly scarce as pollution damages the coral reefs. This vintage short branch coral is strung on silk and hand-knotted with a gold-filled pearl clasp, about 18 inches long. $59.95. In the Middle Ages, red coral was thought to protect the wearer from demons and madness... Vintage blue coral has not been commercially available since the . 1970's. I lucked onto this coral from an estate sale. It is strung with dark blue sodalite cylinders and sterling silver accent beads The necklace is about 18 inches long, with a sterling silver toggle clasp. The bracelet is about 7 inches long and has a silver color magnetic clasp. Set $79.95
Tourmalated quartz has dark crystals of tourmaline trapped in the clear quartz. It is very rare to find in beads like these 8mm rounds. I have paired them with even rarer black star of India oval beads, which show a 4-ray star. Strung on silk and hand-knotted, 36 inches long. $169.95 This very fine 6mm amethyst is accented with 3 carved amethyst beads and gold-filled rondels. Strung on silk and hand-knotted, it is about 26 inches long. Gold-filled pearl (fishhook safety) clasp. $129.95
These large aquamarine beads are about 12mm and have an interesting play of light on many of the beads. They have very good color for aquamarine, but no clarity, due to the light effects. Accented by a forged sterling silver squiggle, with freshwater pearls and small aqua rondels. The clasp is a handmade hook and eye that fastens on the side for ease. Strung on silk and hand-knotted, about 24 inches long. $179.95.  

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