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Smithsonian Festive Gemstone Holly Necklace
Item #50056
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Absolute holiday elegance, this stunning Smithsonian Festive Gemstone Holly Necklace is composed of quartz crystal, red shell pearl, and aventurine, twined in a sterling silver wire, threaded with ruby zoisite and jade beads. Sterling silver findings. Handmade in the U.S.A. Natural variations will occur.
The quartz crystal, ruby zoisite, and aventurine bejeweling this Smithsonian Festive Holly Jewelry are all beautifully represented in the Smithsonian Institution’s National Gem Collection. One of the greatest collections of its kind, Our National Gem Collection includes over 375,000 individual specimens, including such treasured pieces as the Hope Diamond and the Logan Sapphire.
18"l. with 1.5"l. extender.
One of the most abundant minerals in the Earth's crust, quartz displays the greatest profusion of colors, patterns, and textures of any mineral. Gems cut from individual quartz crystals include amethyst, smoky quartz, rock crystal, citrine, and rose quartz. Finely grained quartz, which ranges from translucent to opaque, is typically carved or cut as cabochons or beads.

Sometimes mistaken for jade, aventurine is a compact variety of translucent to opaque quartz. Small inclusions of shiny minerals give this stone a sparkling effect, called aventurescence. Typically green, aventurine can also be peach, brown, or blue.

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