Joie de Vivre jewelry

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We meet Circe in The Odyssey; she was the beautiful enchantress that turned Odysseus' men into swine, then happily changed them back into men when Odysseus showed himself to be in Hermes' favor and immune to her transformative drink (thanks to an herbal gift). You might think that after that, everyone would be eager to move on but that was not so. Circe was a charming hostess: she fed them well and generally provided for their comfort and ease, which was probably welcome after wandering for years and watching their comrades being eaten by the Cyclops. Kyanite is named for the Greek "kyanos" meaning "deep blue", and it is a beautiful blue stone with a triclinic crystal structure, leading to longer, bladed shapes. It can also be called "disthene" meaning "two strengths", in reference to the different Mohs hardness parallel or perpendicular to its longitudinal axis. The quality of showing two strengths seems appropriate when considering her behavior towards Odysseus and his men; fine wine and perfumed baths are quite different from a diet of acorns and confinement to a sty as pigs. Iolite comes from the Greek for "violet" and this deep blue-purple gemstone is stunning, especially when the pleochroic nature (appearing as different colors depending on viewing angle) is strong. These stones are set in sterling silver by the talented artisans of SilverRocks, and the pendant is paired with a thin twist sterling silver chain.

Cost: $66.00 USD

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Length: necklace - 18"


  • kyanite cabochon and faceted iolite set in sterling silver
  • sterling silver 0.6mm twisted cable chain

Care & cleaning: Clean with warm soapy water and avoid chemical or abrasive cleaners. Use a soft jewelry polishing cloth to clean tarnish appearing on silver.

The pendant and chain are robust to toddler tugs, but as with all beaded jewelry: do not let young toddlers chew on it.

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This 18" necklace and charm are versatile and can be worn with casual tops (crew necks, V-necks) and higher-neck blouses or deeper V collared shirts.