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The beads used in this necklace and earrings are natural Montana chalcedony and Carico Lake turquoise.

Chalcedony is a member of the quartz family and is either translucent, transparent or opaque. Chalcedony is formed by the deposition of fine silica built up over a long period of time. These beads, which range in size from 7 to 13mm in length and 4 to 7mm in width, were mined in Montana and hand-finished.

The Carico Lake turquoise mine is in Lander County, Nevada and is formerly known as the Stone Cabin Mine. Interestingly, Carico Lake is an open pit operation. The colors of its turquoise run from light green to deep blue, all about the same hardness. The matrix is chert or limonite iron, and occurs as nuggets, veins, large nodules and some nuggets with a rough, kobby surface called "Seafoam." These fine turquoise beads range from 3mm to 7mm in size and perfectly offset the chalcedony rondelles. They are just gorgeous!

The necklace measures 18 3\/4" to fit comfortably on the bare neck or around a turtleneck and is finished with a heavyweight sterling silver Bali style magnetic clasp (23mm long and 12mm wide). The design is on both sides! Multiple sterling silver crimp beads were used to secure the necklace. The crimp beads are covered with sterling silver crimp covers. The matching sterling silver earrings feature a 5mm ball and post style earring, from which turquoise and chalcedony beads dangle from sterling hoops. Sterling silver bead caps accent the turquoise rondelles. The earrings measure 1 1\/2" long from the top of the post and are 3\/4" wide.

About the gemstones -------

Turquoise is known as the stone of communication and friendship. It is said to improve the overall mental state by increasing serenity, creativity, empathy, positive thinking, sensitivity, intuition, happiness and wisdom, all of which result in a calmer state that leads to greater self-realization. It is also believed to open up communications, strengthen friendship bonds, and strengthen personal convictions and courage.

Chalcedony is considered useful for balancing the energy of the body, mind, emotions, and spirit. It is said to encourage "brotherhood" among all and symbolizes benevolence and good will, the benevolence stemming from the nurturing energy within the stone. Some believe that it alleviates hostilities, irritability, and melancholy and enhances generosity, responsiveness, and receptivity.

Carico Lake Turquoise and Montana Chalcedony Necklace and Earring Set


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  • Materials: carico lake turquoise, montana chalcedony, sterling silver
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