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The focal stone is a genuine carnelian 55mm x 35mm stone that was cut to be used as a pendant; I have treated it as a cabochon and mounted it inside a cage I have constructed from sheet copper, sterling silver flat twisted wire and a brass dolphin fish stamping, all soldered together for permanence. A fine silver bezel setting is soldered into the curve of the fish's tail. The beads are carnelian; the faceted gem in the dolphin's tail is a 7mm white topaz gemstone. The entire focal construct measures about 3 inches wide by 2-3/4 inches top to bottom.
The beaded links are of alternating copper and brass, connected with handmade connectors of matching sterling silver flat twisted wire; the rest of the necklace is solid copper chain with a copper plated brass lobster claw clasp.
I have not sealed this piece because the metal will deepen and become even richer-looking with time and wear. A once-over with a polishing cloth and an occasional soap and water bath will keep the metal shiny and the stones bright. Dry thoroughly after cleaning (or wearing in the rain) to prevent greening (verdigris) of the copper. Treated with this minimal amount of care, this piece will last for generations.
Adjusts up to about 27 inches long. Signed on the back.
Hand crafted, by me, in my home studio in Tacoma, WA.
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