Moonstone Necklace, Mixed Metal, Wire Wrap Chain
A one of a kind necklace with a hand fabricated mixed metal & moonstone focal, gemstone beads & sterling wire wrap chain link.
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This lushly detailed, boho luxe moonstone necklace features a hand fabricated focal…hand cut ovals of sterling & hand textured copper are “stitched” together with copper wire wrap & set with a moonstone cabochon. The focal is set with a wide, sterling riveted bail on an oxidized copper spiral hanger. It seems a perfect piece of jewelry for the Autumnal Equinox, or Mabon, as it combines warm copper (the failing summer) with cool sterling silver (the coming winter)….celestial moonstone with the earthiness of brick red mookaite.
The necklace itself is created with hand made sterling wire wrap chain links, each holding beads of rainbow moonstone, matte red mookaite, copper granulation spacers and oxidized India copper barrel beads.
This necklace measures about 22″ (55.88 cm) in total length, including it’s handmade, oxidized sterling wire wrap hook & eye clasp. The focal falls a little over 2.5″ (6.35 cm) from the necklace, including it’s spiral hanger.
A brief history of moonstone…
Scientifically, the moonstone gem is a part of the feldspar mineral group. Interestingly enough, this is one of the most common groups out there. About 45 percent of the Earth’s crust is made up of Feldspars.One of the most interesting traits of moonstone is something called adularescence. Adularescence is what gives the gem its almost transparent and hypnotic effect.
There are Hindu myths about moonstone that teach of the gem as being solidified beans of “moonlight.” Romans had similar beliefs about moonstone.Roman and Greek cultures both associated the gem with gods. Because of the way polytheism operated in these cultures, there were specific gods of the moon.In Rome, this was the goddess, Luna. In Greece, it was the goddesses Selene, Artemis, and Hectate.
Of course, talk about the gem has changed in recent years. After the end of polytheistic and pagan customs in the West, it became a fashion piece. It was incredibly popular among designers of the Art Noveau movement.It also became an incredibly popular gem during the 1960s and 1990s New Age movements. But throughout history, people have recognized its beauty and mystique.
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