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Vintage Sugalite Beadwoven Collar Necklace With Antique Seed Beads And Vermeil

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This original beadwoven necklace centers around a truly incredible piece of sugilite. I purchased this large (about 30 x 55mm) freeform stone 20 years ago. The quality is exceptional, and the color is particularly rare in an undyed stone. It is a rich, vibrant purple with deep purple and lilac matrix -- if you're at all familiar with this rare and coveted stone, you know that they have not mined sugilite of this color for many, many years. The younger stuff is much paler, and often muddy.

The stone is set in a bezel of antique Italian glass seed beads, ranging in size from a more common 10/o or 11/o, on down to teensy (and rare!) 18/o micro beads. At the center of the bezel is a row of contemporary Japanese size 15/o 24 kt gold plated seed beads. The stone has an intricately woven back, which features a series of tiny 2mm amethyst gemstone beads. This enabled me to create an entirely beaded bezel, which holds the stone snugly and securely without the use of glue.

The multistrand neckline is comprised of 3 rows of top quality sugilite beads, Swarovski crystal and vermeil (14kt gold over sterling silver). The necklaces closes with an elegant vermeil clasp, and it's adjustable from about 15 - 18" long.

Vintage Sugalite Beadwoven Collar Necklace With Antique Seed Beads And Vermeil


  • Handmade item
  • Materials: sugilite cabochon, sugalite beads, swarovski crystal, antique seed beads, amethyst beads, vermeil beads
  • Ships worldwide from United States
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