Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Turquoise-colour for 2010 Amazonite

If you follow Pantone, you know the colour for 2010 is turquoise.

This is Amazonite. Such a fabulous shade of turquoise.It is named after the Amazon river in Brazil. But no deposits of it have been found there. The name most likely refers to the variable green shades of the rainforest reflected in the gemstone. Amazonite does not undergo any kind of treatment to enhance its wonderful colour.

All the links are handmade by me from Argentium sterling silver. Argentium sterling silver is sterling silver with less of the copper alloy. Copper is what makes sterling silver tarnish. Argentium is 92.5% pure silver with the balance a mix of germanium and copper. This makes Argentium silver harder, brighter and more highly tarnish resistant than traditional sterling silver. After hand shaping each link I fused them closed, then put them in the tumbler for hours for strength and shine. Even the clasp has been handmade.

I had so much fun making the links and these necklaces, I plan of doing several pieces in this style.

Thanks for stopping by.

Amazonite and sterling silver flowers and sterling silver beads hanging from a sterling silver figaro chain. Closes with a sterling silver "S" clasp.

Perfect for every occasion.

Amazonite 8mm and 20mmx30mm rectangular
Length minus the pendant 17 inches.

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