Joie de Vivre jewelry

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In O Pioneers! and The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather, the Southwest features as a place of adventure and healing; to Emil Bergson, it is a place away from his prairie home to test himself and subvert his love for his neighbor Marie, and to Thea Kronborg, it is a place to recover her sense of self and creative voice as an opera singer, all without ever singing a note. Thea's experience in Panther Canyon is similar to Cather's own experience in 1912 when she went to the Southwest with her brother to break from the demanding editorial work at McClure's Magazine, the most widely circulated monthly publication of the time, and found her voice as a writer. It is the wide sweeping grasslands of the prairie that feature prominently in the novels following this period: O Pioneers!, The Song of the Lark, and My Antonia contain characters that are products of this severe and beautiful land. The necklace has both elements, the feldspar of the wide prairie and the malachite of the arid copper bearing southwest. The style is simple towards southwestern and incredibly versatile, much like the strength and style of the woman who inspired it.

Cost: $196.00 USD

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Length: necklace - 24"


  • malachite gemstone beads
  • feldspar beads
  • sterling silver beads
  • sterling silver hook & eye clasp
  • SoftFlex heavy duty nylon-coated stainless steel cord (40 lb load test)

Care & cleaning: Beading cord may be kinked or broken through hard jerks or severed through prolonged exposure to rough or sharp edges; store necklace flat when not in use to prevent stretching or kinking cord. Clean with warm soapy water and avoid chemical or abrasive cleaners. Malachite has a low Mohs hardness (3 1/2 - 4) so extra care should be taken to prevent dropping or otherwise impacting the stones.

The malachite gemstones are a softer stone and should be handled with care, so I recommend keeping this necklace out of the reach of young kids. As with all beaded jewelry: do not let young toddlers chew on it.

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Not all jewelry - particularly beaded jewelry - work well with all necklines. This necklace is versatile in length and style. The long 24" length works well with high, medium and low necklines, and the necklace style can be worn equally well with t-shirt and jeans or an evening shift dress.