Thai Silver Diamonds, Turquoise and Red Coral Necklace, Southwest Boho Handmade Jewelry
Do you have more than a bit of Southwest boho gypsy blood running through your veins and a love of unique, handmade jewelry? The SOUTHWEST BOHO necklace is perfect for you! A one of a kind, gemstone necklace, this beauty features Thai Hill Tribes fine silver diamond shaped drops, apple limestone coral, genuine turquoise nuggets, red coral frangia and sterling silver. Timeless and funky at the same time, the SOUTHWEST BOHO necklace was carefully designed and handmade by Catherine of Shadow Dog Designs for the woman who adores free spirited jewelry.
- Thai Hill Tribes fine silver diamonds: app. 13 mm x 9 mm x 2 mm
- Apple limestone coral: app. 12 mm
- Turquoise nuggets: app. 12 mm x 4 mm, some a bit larger, some a bit smaller
- Red coral frangia: app. 10 mm x 3 mm, some a bit larger, some a bit smaller
- Metal: Thai fine silver and sterling silver
- Clasp: dotted sterling silver hook clasp set
- Length: app: 18.5” / 46.9 cm
These are so many eye catching parts to the beautiful SOUTHWEST BOHO artisan necklace, but let’s start with the Thai fine silver diamonds. The five diamond shaped drops were individually handmade by a member of the Karen Hill Tribe in the traditional, low tech craftsmanship manner that has been handed down through generations. If you look carefully at the photos, you can see the diamonds aren’t exactly the same, especially with the positioning of the five stamped flower designs - something I love about truly handmade pieces! The diamond drops are somewhat dome shaped. The silver used in the handcrafted diamonds is termed “fine silver” because pieces can be up to 99% pure silver, as opposed to sterling silver, which is 92.5% pure silver.
To wonderfully highlight the Thai Hill Tribes diamonds and add that all important gypsy boho appeal, three types of gemstones were used. Between each diamond an apple limestone coral round was used with 3 mm sterling silver spacer beads. To be totally honest, these beads are not real coral - apple coral is a common trade name. Instead, they are made from porous limestone rock formations found in the ocean and dyed to look like the very rare, very endangered apple coral. The apple coral beads are sublime, shading from a dark orange-red to bits of yellow. To add extra interest, each has a darker marking on it, very common for apple limestone coral. Each apple coral bead is similar but not exactly the same, as you can see in the photos. Four more apple limestone coral beads were scattered in the necklace, two on each side.
To add even more color and texture to the rich looking necklace, real turquoise nuggets and red coral frangia were grouped. The turquoise nuggets are genuine, a lovely sky blue color with light brown and beige matrix. Being nuggets, some are larger and some are smaller, all adding that stunning Southwest flair. Red coral is always superb pairing with blue turquoise, so red coral frangia was used. Again, some of the pieces are a bit larger and some are a bit smaller, adding more marvellous texture to the necklace design.
To perfectly finish the SOUTHWEST BOHO fine silver and gemstone necklace, a unique sterling silver hook clasp set was chosen. The hook part of the clasp has a flowing design with raised dots. The hook nestles into a dotted sleeve for extra wearing security and a professional finish.
For a better understanding of the relative size of the apple limestine coral, the turquoise and the coral fangia used in the SOUTHWEST BOHO necklace, please be sure to check out photo #5 for a size comparison with a quarter.
Apple Limestone Coral is said to quiet the emotions and bring peace within ourselves. Turquoise, a gemstone that is sacred to the Navajo, Zuni and other Native American tribes, is a stone of wholeness, promoting a sense of unity with all that surrounds us; it is believed to bring peace of mind, a soothing energy and healing of the spirit. Red Coral is said to calm life, to restore harmony in the event of an emotional conflict. Silver is a metal of love and healing; it is a mirror to the soul, helping us to see ourselves as others see us.
The SOUTHWEST BOHO handmade necklace will come with two informational drop tags: one with the piece's name; the other lists the materials used in the necklace and the language of the stones and metals. It will be carefully packed in an organza jewelry bag, perfect for gift giving to a loved one . . . or to yourself!
***Please be aware that not all monitors show colors exactly the same. The colors of the items used to create my jewelry are extremely close to the actual color on my monitor. The colors may appear lighter or darker on your monitor.
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