Joie de Vivre jewelry

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In books and movies, a dowager duchess is a formidable personage who is both steeped in tradition yet freed from convention by a life's worth of experience. This 34" necklace uses traditional materials - natural freshwater pearls and peacock dyed freshwater pearls - in an unconventional way, with delicate Miyuki glass spacers or antiqued copper spacers and a bold larvikite pendant. The necklace can be worn long as a single strand or doubled for maximum effect. The clasp is an antiqued copper toggle.

Cost: $55.00 USD

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Length: necklace - 34"


  • peacock dyed freshwater pearls
  • natural freshwater pearls
  • larvikite rectangle pendant
  • Japanese Miyuki glass seedbeads
  • antiqued copper spacers
  • copper wire
  • antiqued copper toggle clasp
  • Power Pro braided synthetic beading cord

Care & cleaning: Beading cord may be frayed or severed through hard jerks or prolonged exposure to rough or sharp edges; store necklace flat when not in use to prevent stretching or fraying cord. Clean with damp soapy water and avoid chemical or abrasive cleaners. Use a soft jewelry polishing cloth to clean tarnish appearing on metal.

The materials and cord in this necklace are robust to tugs and pulls from most activities, but care should be taken against hard impacts because pearls are a softer material. As with all beaded jewelry: do not let young toddlers chew on it.

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As a single strand, this 34" necklace can be worn long over any neckline. As a doubled strand, the equivalent 17" necklace can be worn over thin materials like shells or t-shirts.