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A necklace, about 18" in length, with a silver-wrapped polished clear quartz stone as a pendant, and oblong blue freshwater pearls, blue aventurine round, red tiger eye round, white stone chip, false pearl round, shell-and-amber round, and obsidian round beads making the cord.
 
This necklace is one of my favorites. It was made as a gift for a friend who wanted the best of both ocean and land mixed into one, but as if from the cold northern waters of mainland Europe, not a tropical island. It's called Wavefarer. The wrapping itself is not as tight as I usually achieve-I always re-wrap a stone whose wrapping is not of sufficient tension for my standards-but he insisted on leaving it be, saying as it was to be rarely worn he preferred the imperfection. Very well then! Whatever floats your boat, my friend. Pun not intended.

The combination of stones is one I love-blue freshwater pearls, an obvious nod to water, as are the shell rounds which are melded somehow with amber (which gives it some roots in land), and the false pearl rounds and blue aventurine. The white stone chips remind me very much of white river rocks, or beach stones, that I imagine may be found on such rocky beaches, and the red tiger's eye reminds me very much of rich dark earth rich with ore begging to be forged. The rainbow obsidian rounds, volcanic stone though they are, is an ode also to the black earth-and the fire both inside it and under the sea. I imagine stones like those able to be found along the ocean floor, by the fissures which let through the hear that cracks through the crust.

The clear quartz pendant itself, with its wavy wiring, is meant to embody the reflection of the sunlight on the waves of the sea, as well as the clear glass used in both lighthouse and large grounded telescopes on land, watching for ships at sea, as well as the old handheld ones used to spot land far before the human eye could do so. Quartz is often used as a clarifying stone, and can enhance the qualities of any others it is paired with, so I envisioned sight as the quality enhanced, in this instance. I picture the recipient of this necklace wearing it as he walks the coast-though it could just as easily serve as a reminder of the waters so far away, when he travels.

This precise necklace is not available for reproduction, just like most of my pieces.

-Leaf And Vine-

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