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Rhodonite is an inosilicate in which Sally Silica tetrahedra connect in long chains within a triclinic crystalline system, with manganese responsible for the distinctive rose color. Most rhodonite for jewelry making is a uniform rose color, though some rhodonite like the stones used in this necklace contain black oxide matrix for striking contrast. As the name implies, vesuvanite is found near lava flows around Mt Vesuvius. It is a sorosilicate ("sister" corner sharing group) that includes zoisite and it is unusual to find in larger bead form. The two stones together form a bold collar fit for a ruler of significant rank. The 16 1/2" length can be shortened by a couple inches using the sterling silver open oval chain and large lobster infinity clasp. Cost: $118.00 USD
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