White Freshwater Pearls surrounded with contrasting Black Jade and Black Tourmaline form this timeless bracelet. Adorned with Swarovski Crystals and an exquisite, Marcasite encrusted, beautifully detailed toggle clasp. The bracelet measures 20cm in total length. Please note size indicates stringing circumference, not inner circumference which is dictated by the size of the stones (hence fits 16-18 cm wrist).
FRESHWATER PEARLS- is an organic gem grown within oysters. Pearls are formed naturally by an oyster when a foreign object enters the shell and causes irritation to its soft tissue. The oyster forms a secretion around the object as a form of protection. The foreign object can be a number of different things including a grain of sand or a parasite. In time the coating builds up in iridescent layers. Cultured pearls are produced by artificially introducing a foreign object into the fleshy part of oysters, which become coated with nacre in a similar manner to natural pearl. Pearls are considered to offer a power of love, money, protection and luck. Pearls thought to give wisdom though experience and to cement engagement and love relationship.
CRYSTAL- is a fine, high-quality glass invented in 17th century in England. In order to be considered crystal rather than simple glass, the product must contain at least 10% lead oxide. The lead oxide is attributed to providing the glass with extraordinary qualities of brilliance.
JADE- Jade is a metamorphic rock that is commonly used in jewellery. This ornamental stone comes in a range of colours from white to black; it comes in shades of white, grey, black, yellow, and orange and in delicate violet tone. However, translucent emerald-green-coloured one is the most prized and highly valued. Jade has been known to Man for some 7000 years, as early as 3000 B.C. It was known in China as 'yu', the 'royal gem. In the long history of the art and culture of the enormous Chinese empire, jade has always had a very special significance. China's historical affinity for jade in daily life and trade is comparable to the Western attraction to gold .The ancient Chinese believed that breathing air through jade would lead to a long life, and used this stone in the construction of pipes. Jade was used not only for the finest objects and cult figures, but also in grave furnishings for high-ranking members of the imperial family. The Mayas, Aztecs and Olmecs of Central America also honoured and esteemed jade more highly than gold. Jade is said to ensure bountiful harvest, a stone of serenity and a traditional charm for gardeners.
TOURMALINE-Most people consider tourmaline to be a single mineral, but in fact it is a name given to a group of closely related minerals. Even though Tourmaline has been known in the Mediterranean region throughout the ages, it was only in 1703 that it was imported by the Dutch from Sri Lanka to Western and Central Europe. They gave these new gems a Singhalese name, Turamali, which is thought to mean “stone with mixed colours”. There are many varieties of Tourmaline- some are: blue (Indicolite), pink and red (Rubellite), brown (Dravite), pink and green (“Watermelon Tourmaline), green (Verdelite, also known as “Brazilian Emerald, yellow (Tsilasite, also known as Peridot of Ceylon). Tourmalines are gems with an incomparable variety of colours. The reason, according to an old Egyptian Legend, is that the tourmaline on its journey up from the centre of the earth passed over the rainbow. In doing so, it assumed all the colours of the rainbow. The name Schorl is given to the black variety of Tourmaline, which is Sodium Iron AluminummBoro-silicate Hydroxide. Black Tourmaline is most common variety of Tourmaline. It may be highly lustrous and form in beautiful crystals, and is one of the most aesthetic black mineral known. It may form in tiny dense needles within quartz crystals where it is known as Tourmalinated Quartz. A powerful stone for repelling negativity, it also provides protection from radiation, electromagnetic smog, and magical spells. It encourages positive attitudes, good luck and happiness, regardless of the circumstances that you find yourself in.
MARCASITE- whose name is derived from the Arabic word for pyrite, is a common and an attractive mineral. The two minerals, marcasite and pyrite, are often confused due to their similar characteristics. Marcasite is a polymorph of pyrite which means that it has the same chemistry as pyrite but a different structure and, therefore, different symmetry and crystal shapes. Adding to the confusion between marcasite and pyrite is the use of the word marcasite as a jewelry trade name. The term is applied to small polished and faceted stones that are inlayed in sterling silver. But even though they are called marcasite, they are actually pyrite. Marcasite jewellery has been made since the time of the Ancient Grees. It was particularly popular in the eighteenth century, the Victorian era and with Art Nouveau jewellery designers. It is frequently made by setting small pieces of pyrite into silver.
PIRYTE-is a common mineral with metallic luster and pale-to-normal, brass-yellow hue, that have earned the nickname fool's gold due to its resemblance to gold.