Joie de Vivre jewelry

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In Edith Wharton's The Age of Innocence, Countess Olenska glimmers throughout the pages. We see her in the Opera box, hastily putting on a glove as she steps into a room, sitting down by the fire after an afternoon in the cold, looking over a fan, standing at the end of a pier, sitting in a park under a parasol. She is damaged, tough and fiery all at once; she has seen much of the world and it is Newland Archer's delicacy of feeling and fineness she comes to appreciate. To Newland, she is the flower of life, his one chance to escape the rigid duty of his life. Like Countess Olenska, zircon is tough and fiery. The ancient stone hyacinth or jacinth is a deep red zircon, and zircon can be blue, green, gray or colorless. The necklace features an ombre zircon gemstone design interspersed with pearls, another favorite of New York society in the Gilded Age.

Cost: $152.00 USD

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Length: necklace - 22"


  • zircon gemstone beads
  • freshwater rice pearls
  • 14kt gold-fill beads
  • 14kt gold-fill hook & eye 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; this is particularly important because pearl are porous and can easily be damaged.

Zircon is tough but pearls are not, and for this reason, the recommendation is to keep this necklace out of reach of young hands. As with all beaded jewelry: do not let young toddlers chew on it.

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This 22" necklace is can be worn with shells and blouses with high collars. It's a classic design that works equally well with a casual outfit, work attire or a shift dress.