Amethyst Necklace & Extensions

This amethyst necklace has blue topaz side stones and a bones chain. Don’t know how good my pics are but this a a nearly perfect set of amethyst cabochons. The big ones are all still very bright and the little ones still show strong color. In basically an exact hue match and with only barely perceptible interior flaws. The blue topaz is of course very bright and, if you use your imagination, sort of blue.

The back on this necklace is plain. The price is $520.

The stock length for the (fixed) chain on necklaces is generally around 16 inches. This is usually about as short as anybody wants them. We make extensions for the bones chains which clip into it and make it longer. These come with the necklace. They can be any length above about an inch and a half. Sizing of the attached chain is also an option, but requires having the piece in the studio for torch work.

Black Onyx and Necklace

For us, the piece we call a necklace has the chain permanently attached. A pendant has the chain separate. Often the chain on a necklace is one which we make ourselves. We call the chain on this necklace a bones chain. (We also call the necklace style a bones necklace, but that’s a fairly obscure designation.) The design here is a version of theĀ heart wing.

The stones on this are all ones we carved and polished ourselves. They are in a stone ordinarily called black onyx. Onyx is a gem name with an ancient and confused heritage. In my mind, it is properly a black and white banded agate from which cameos can be carved. Sardonyx is the read and white version. Silver onyx is, on another hand, a soft, white, banded stone like alabaster. Black onyx might properly be black agate, which it normally is, except nowadays it’s almost always color enhanced. The material we use for black onyx is dark agate dyed black. We find it a wonderful medium: hard, tough, uniform, easily polishable, and, as far as we have noticed or anyone has reported, completely colorfast.

This piece has just about everything we ever put into a necklace including the filigree wire-work on the reverse. According to the anticipated price on the design sheet, we once had great hope for it, and, while we still love it, we might be ready to negotiate that a bit.