Joie de Vivre jewelry

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Many of the lovely faceted gemstones available for beaded jewelry come from mines and gem cutting factories in India. Although more subdued than traditional Indian jewelry, this design features a geometric, symmetric pattern of pearls and gemstones that is reminiscent of the beautiful collar style seen in the jewelry. In Afternoon Raag, a short novel by Amit Chaudhuri, the narrator describes his mother practicing scales for a raag (classicial Hindu melody) or relaxing and waiting for his father to join her for tea. He remembers his music teacher, and the sounds of the raags stirring the house in smooth swells, rising and falling, blending with hum in the house, the servants and family members, all part of an intricate pattern. Both the oppressive heat of the outdoors but quiet stillness and relative coolness of the home are present; the drowsy afternoon hours give way to the more active hours of evening and conversation. I live in the desert so I appreciate this shift, when the day moves from heat so intense it presses one into the ground to something a little milder, when one can sit outside in the swirling eddies, thankful the sun has set. This necklace is lightweight but elegant, perfect for a summer evening on the patio with iced drink in hand.

Cost: $130.00 USD

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Length: necklace - 18"

Materials:

  • tanzanite gemstone beads
  • freshwater pearl beads
  • 14kt gold-fill beads
  • 14kt gold-fill chain and toggle clasp
  • Power Pro moderate duty braided Spectra Fiber™ (30 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.

Though tanzanite is a fairly tough mineral (Mohs hardness 6 - 7), the top-drilled faceted teardrops can be thin near the top of the stone and chip or break with impact or hard tugging, and this is why I would keep this out of younger hands. As with all beaded jewelry: do not let young toddlers chew on it.

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This 18" necklace is versatile and can be worn with shells and blouses as well as deeper V collared shirts. It is a delicate and elegant design that dresses up a casual outfit without being flashy and enhances evening wear with glow and subtle sparkle.