Worn as a single strand or doubled around the neck this 36" beaded necklace redefines casual elegance using stones reflecting a painted desert. Fashioned from rich shades of greens and pinks in natural green garnet, pink rhodochrosite, pink rhodonite, unakite and olive green turquoise, interspersed with sterling silver. The interplay of colors lends sophistication and subtle color to classic neutrals, staples in any woman's wardrobe. Secures with lobster claw clasp and fits medium size pendant bail. Made in America with gemstones from around the world.
As the sun sets over the badland hills of Arizona's Painted Desert, its red rocks are "painted" with bands of pink and gray amidst desert foliage of green cacti. "Hiking through Arizona's Painted Desert is an amazing encounter with the natural colors of its desert foliage and ever-changing dusty rose hues of its red rock formations," says jewelry designer, Carolyn Pollack. She captures this national treasure by pairing genuine gemstones and organic beads in shades of dusty rose and earthy greens with metals like sterling silver and copper. The result is the Painted Desert sterling silver jewelry collection, an Art Deco interpretation of Arizona's rich, red rock landscape and chameleon-like palette of colors.
• .925 sterling silver jewelry is a combination of 92.5% silver and usually 7.5% copper, although the copper is sometimes replaced with another alloy or a combination of alloys. The hallmark of .925 sterling silver on a piece of jewelry ensures the highest quality of silver.
• Copper has played an important role in jewelry since the Bronze Age. Today, it is used in almost every piece of jewelry as an alloy with other precious metals to add strength and durability. Although copper is known for its rich, reddish-gold color, it often appears in nature in shades of blue, green, red, and turquoise.
• People of the Southwest prized olive green and blue turquoise, the heart of Southwestern tradition, as currency, as a talisman of good health, and most importantly as beautiful jewelry. It's believed to have healing powers, while promoting spiritual attunement and attracting abundance and prosperity.
• Pink rhodonite promotes a sense of inner calm, self-worth, peace, happiness, joy, and laughter. Used in smoothing over relationship difficulties, rhodonite clears the mind of confusion and doubt, while helping to achieve one's greatest potential.
• Rhodochrosite radiates and attracts love as its pinkish, raspberry red color implies. Rhodochrosite is believed to alleviate phobias and fears. Its energy sweeps away emotional clutter, helping to resolve personal conflict and developing inner freedom.
• Green garnet, the modern birthstone for January, represents love, revitalizes feelings, and controls anger, especially toward oneself. While preventing fears of insecurity, garnet builds self-esteem. Garnet is found worldwide and occurs in its well-known, red color and also green varieties.
• A unique, mottled blend of green and pink, unakite is believed to improve vision, benefit the reproductive system, and aid healthy pregnancies.
The colors of the Painted Desert are brought to life with genuine gemstones including pink rhodonite and rhodochrosite, green garnet, olive turquoise, and the uniquely mottled pink and green unakite. These gemstones and organic-shaped beads combine with corrugated and swirl-patterned sterling silver beads to create earthy strands of necklaces, bracelets, and earrings.
Pendants and rings feature cabochons that capture the red rock hues and desert foliage with channel inlay leaves in olive turquoise. Silver-domed, coin edge detail encircles the cabochons providing a distinctive, finished look. Copper, accented with green patina, adds an Art Deco-like quality to the pieces.
Dusty rose and earthy, green tones of the Painted Desert collection make it a natural complement for any shade of pink, green, or neutral-colored wardrobe pieces. Gemstones in shades of dusty rose and verdant greens are set in sterling silver and copper patina, creating an Art Deco interpretation of Southwestern desert foliage and red rock. The blush and copper color combination warm the skin tone and stand out against the soft greens. The Painted Desert pendant best showcases this rich detail and is the heart of the collection. Wear it with long, skinny gemstone necklaces either separately or doubled for a layered look. Elongated rings with bold cabochons make hands look long and feminine.
Like all fine jewelry, Carolyn Pollack Sterling Silver Jewelry should be handled carefully. Store jewelry in a plastic bag, dry and wrapped in tissue paper, when not being worn or displayed. Clean sterling silver with a silver polishing cloth when necessary, but never subject to chlorine, silver dips, chemical solutions or ultrasonic cleaners, as these substances can cause the natural gemstones to discolor. Never wear jewelry in a swimming pool.