Joie de Vivre jewelry

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Generally, golden mean refers to an optimal position between extremes, such as the philosophy advocated by Socrates in choosing the mean and avoiding the extremes. Courage is a virtue, but recklessness or cowardice (extreme conditions) are not. Golden mean can also refer to the golden ratio or the divine proportion found while requiring a division of line segments to maintain the same ratio as the parent segments. In the 1500s, a Franciscan friar and mathematician named Pacioli related use of the golden ratio to aesthetically pleasing proportions. The pendant in this necklace does have pleasing proportions, and the ratio of total length to length of first two elements is approximately the golden ratio of 1.6. However, it could be the lovely color of peridot and quartz shot through with fine golden threads that are more appealing than the proportions! Rutilated quartz - golden or otherwise - results when fine threads of rutile (titanium dioxide mineral) form in quartz through hydrothermal or metamorphic processes. The color tends to be golden to reddish, depending on the iron content, though it can be darker.

Cost: $93.00 USD

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Length: necklace - 18"


  • faceted peridot and golden tourmaliated quartz set in sterling silver
  • pink shell drop
  • sterling silver 2mm snake 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" chain and pendant are versatile and can be worn with casual tops (crew necks, V-necks) and deeper V collared shirts.