Friday, October 7, 2016

Wire Wrapped Copper & Rhodonite Necklace

Do you like pink? I think pink in a natural semi precious gemstone is really cool. A lot of the ladies that buy our jewelry are looking for color and this stone definitely has that!

Rhodonite has a very distinct pink or rose red color base, stones that contain a black or colored matrix (veining) are more popular than the more uniform pink stones. 

Rhodonite is similar to Rose Quartz being a silicate/quartz composite. But manganese is what brings out the rosy color that Rhodonite is known for. This semi precious gemstone is found in several areas in the USA.

Rhodonite is believed by some to reduce stress and calm one's mind bringing a sense of well being to the person who wears it.

This was a fun necklace to make!  Using copper wire I made a wire wrapped bail and finished it with some curls.  Then made a matching necklace using Rhodonite gemstone beads and more copper wire.  For the links I mirrored the curly design to bring it all together.  

The necklace has a hook and eye hand forged closure you can see in this photo if you look closely on the left side down in the shells.   The copper has been antiqued and polished to bring out the natural beauty of the metal then treated with ProtectaClear to preserve the finish.  

A close up of just the pendant.

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