925 Sterling Silver, Natural Tahitian Mother of Pearl and Citrine Gemstones. Design: Contemporary Rectangular-Cut Shell with Step-Cut Citrine Gems (Set #1); Cutout, Raised Gemstone Design, Hand-Cut and Hand-Shaped, Subtle Convex-Shape Shells, Natural Shells (Not Treated), Rectangular Citrine Gems, Extra High Polished Iridescent Shells, Smooth Silver High Polish Finish, Choice of Leather Cord Necklace Lengths; Measures: Rectangular Framed Shell Earrings are Approx. 16mm Widest (Just Over 5/8" Widest) X 15/16" Longest (1 11/16 Long With Wires); Rectangular Framed Shell Slide Pendant is Approx. 1.0" Widest X 1 5/16" Long incl.
Hidden Slide Bail, 4mm Wide X 7.5mm Long Hidden Bail Opening; Rectangular Framed Shell Bracelet is Approx. 11/16" Widest X Just Over 15/16" Long; Rectangular Step-Cut Citrine Gemstones are Approx. 5.00mm Wide X 7.00mm Long X 2.00mm Deep Approx. 3/16" Wide X 1/4" Long, Bracelet Size: 8.0" Long , Downward Size Adjustable to 7 1/4" Long as by Using Expansion Links as Desired ; Necklace Size: 18" Long (Default), Optional Lengths in 16" or 20 Also Available Upon Request. Weight: 66.2 grams Total (Not Including Necklace Cord) ; Gem Carat Weight: 1.03 Ct Each Citrine, 9.27 Cts Total ; Grade: A-AA; Features: This Beautiful Hand-made Hawaiian Designed Sterling Silver Earrings, Pendant and Bracelet Set is Superbly Hand-Crafted with an Extra High Polished Surface Shell Finish and a Smooth, Silver High Polish Finish Background.
This Labor-Intensive Design Features Gorgeous Iridescent, Rectangular Cut Pieces of Natural (Not Treated, Not Color Enhanced) Tahitian Black-Lipped Oyster's Mother of Pearl Shells. The Shells are High Detailed with Enhanced Polishing Techniques to Bring Out the Best Luster, Iridescence and Colors of Each Shell Piece. These Shells have a Very Subtle Convex (Domed) Surface Shape. These Lustrous Shell Pieces Displays a Creamy Light-Brownish Tan, Silver and Light Gray Background Color with Iridescent Pink, Green, Orange, Yellow, Violet and Subtle Blue Overtones and the Vertical Black-Lipped Edge of the Oyster Shell... The Shell's Satin Patina Have a 3-Dimensional Quality, and at Every Turn of These Pieces You See a Rainbow of Colors Traversing Across the Face.
The Shells are Encased in a Hand-Shaped Solid. 925 Sterling Silver Frame Conforming to the Exact Cut, Shape and Sides of Each Shell Piece Using a Very Strong 40-Strand Sterling Silver Wire. Stunning, Faceted Rectangular-Shaped Citrine Gems Anchor the Lower Left Portion of the Pendant and at the Bottom Centers of the Earrings and Bracelet to Enhance the Detailing. The Framed-in Citrine Gems Feature a Step-Cut, Which Allows More Light to Enter and Reflect Back Creating Sparkling Rivulets of Scintillation.The Focal Portion of The Pendant is Attached to an Included (Free of Charge) 1.9mm Thick, Black European Leather Cord Necklace Crafted of the Best Quality. The Necklace's Closure Incorporates a Strong, Sterling Silver Lobster-Claw Clasp for Added Security. The Earrings are Set With Hand-Shaped Sterling Silver French Hook Wires. The Pendant Functions as a Slide and Displays a Very Nice Floating Appearance When Worn with a Necklace. The Generous Sized Bail Can Accommodate Several Round and Flat Omega Chains as Desired. A Unique, One of a Kind Piece that Exudes Pride of Ownership! These Quality Rectangle-Shaped Citrine Gemstones are Very Well Cut Displaying Good to Fine Brilliance, Strong Bright Hues and a Very Beautiful, Medium Tone Orange-Yellowish-Brown Color Backgrounds. These Fine Quality Gems are Very Slightly Included With Natural Inclusions (These Stones Appear Clean to the Unaided Eye) and are Only Visible Under a 10X Magnification (GIA: Type II Gem, Clarity Grade: VS). These Sparkling Citrines Were Mined From the Irai Mines, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil.
These Gemstones Were Intricately Cut and Polished in Jaipur, India Where Cutting & Polishing are Predominantly Done by Hand Which Requires an Immense Degree of Skill and Years of Experience. In Jaipur, the Gem Manufacturing Industry is Over 300 Years Old, Which Also Happens to be the Worlds Largest Center for Gemstone Cutting and Polishing. Step Cut: A simple type of facet cut, specially used for colored stones, but also occasionally for diamonds. Several facets are cut parallel to the edges, the facets becoming steeper towards the girdle. The lower part usually has more facets than the upper part.
The step cut creates a large window to allow a great amount of light to enter and reflect back to display nearly the full color tone of the set gemstone. A step cut can be used in combination with other cuts i. Oval-Step cut or Square-Step cut, etc. A step-cut stone is best set within a frame or with special prongs to hold the blocked corners securely. Medium Tone, Orange-Yellow-Brown with Yellow and Subtle Red Overtones; VERY GOOD - 4.NATURAL INCLUSIONS - 3.5. (Visible Only Under 10x Magnification); GIA Type II Clarity Chart: VS, Very Slightly Included; Symmetry: EXCELLENT - 4.0. Rarity: COMMON TO SOMEWHAT RARE - 3.
OVERALL NUMERICAL GRADE: 7 OUT OF 10. About Marta: Staff Writer, Honolulu Advertiser - A mollusk is not a pretty thing. At least from the outside. They are usually gray and craggy and covered with little craters that look like out-of-control warts.Of all the creatures in the ocean, a mollusk seems unlikely to be the one that would normally inspire art... Until its shell is opened. Opening a mollusk can be like prying open a treasure box long hidden in the depths of the ocean. Iridescent colors explode from the shell, from pale gray-blues and soft golden tones to brilliant pinks, purples and greens. Now these gifts from the sea are being used to create one-of-a-kind wearable art by one of Hawai`i's jewelry designers Marta Howell of Kailua, on the Island of Oahu, Hawai`i.
She begins with Mother-of-pearl, sometimes combining it with Corals and Semi-precious Stones such as Tourmaline, Peridot, Amethyst, Blue Topaz, Citrine and Garnet, as the muses move Her. David, her husband taught her silversmithing, and she uses silver to bind the pieces together. The effect is often of a silver frame around the shells and stones.Marta stated, I see art in every piece of shell. It's a never-ending adventure. Taking layers from the shells was like finding a new world within the shell.
Howell said the temperature of the ocean, age of the mollusk and algae and seaweed they eat help determine the colors the shells take on. Those from Sumatra have a golden hue; from Norway, blue-pink; and New Zealand's are green-blue. Howell said one of the properties she likes best about working with mother-of-pearl is that there is a shade that works with every skin color. When she is designing, she has six muses in mind, each is based on a woman she has known in real life. They range from a graceful, feminine Hawaiian woman to a businesswoman with attitude.About Citrine: A wonderful, cost-effective semiprecious gem that is valued for its yellow to brownish colors and its resemblance to the rarer topaz and is typically considered a sophisticated gemstone that works well with any outfit. In earrings, citrine works well to enhance the luster of hazel eyes.
Citrine's name is likely derived from the word "citron, " a lemon-like fruit. Also, the Latin word meaning yellow is from "citrus" for citrus tree, which was borrowed from the ancient Greek word kedros (cedar, juniper). Citrine is a transparent to translucent, coarse-grained variety of the silica mineral quartz (family includes onyx, carnelian, amethyst), and displays colors ranging from yellow, yellow-brown, orange, dark orange-brown to a reddish-brown variety. Natural, bright-yellow citrine is the most rare of the quartz varieties.Good quality citrine is clear, while lower grade styles, like those used in beading, can have an opaque look to it. Citrine is a 7.0 on the Mohs scale of hardness, meaning that it is somewhat scratch resistant and therefore suitable as a component of everyday jewelry. It most commonly occurs as a protruding cluster of pyramids on a geode base. Also occurs as short, stubby, terminated crystals, either singular or in drusy aggregates. It has a Specific Gravity of 2.6-2.7 with a vitreous luster. Natural citrine crystals can form together with amethyst or smoky quartz to form a bi-colored quartz called Ametrine. Interestingly, a popular gemstone on the market is a mixture of half amethyst and half citrine with the name Ametrine, which is made by heating an amethyst until it turns into citrine, then irradiating a part of the resulting crystal or gemstone to convert that portion back to amethyst. Although often cut as a gemstone, citrine is actually somewhat rare in nature. Almost all Citrine on the market today is heat-treated Amethyst or Smoky Quartz.
The technique of heat treating other quartz stones has been commonplace for many, many years. In the gemstone trade, this is common knowledge, so heat treating in this particular case is not. Considered to be enhancing the stone, but simply making it available to consumers as Citrine. Citrines whose colors have been produced by artificial heat tend to have more of an orange or reddish tint than those found in nature, which are usually a pale yellow to pale orange. Some amethyst deposits have been found where the amethyst was changed naturally by high magmatic temperatures into brown citrine.Localities of natural Citrine is not common and occurs sparingly in many large quartz deposits. Most material comes from Minas Gerais, Brazil, but almost all of the Brazilian material is heat-treated Amethyst. Natural Citrine can be found in the Ural Mountains of Russia, Dauphine, France, Spain, Brazil, Hungary, Scotland, Uruguay, Madagascar and USA (California, Colorado, North Carolina, Georgia, and Nevada). Brazil is the leading producer of the world's Citrine, with much of its production coming from the Irai District, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. Citrine has found favor with budget minded women looking to expand their wardrobes with affordable pieces of jewelry. The color of citrine ranges from straw and sun yellow to clay orange, to deep, wine colored Madeira red. In the past, the Madeira colored stones were the most valuable, but today, the more vivid yellows and oranges are the most popular. When it comes to providing earth-toned colors for women on a budget, citrine has no real competition. It has become increasingly popular with budget-minded women looking to expand their work and leisure jewelry wardrobes. Citrine's lively colors can brighten almost any jewelry style, and it blends especially well with yellow gold. Its low cost makes it an ideal stone for popular free-form fancy cuts for one-of-a-kind and customized pieces. Although this stone's dark orange and red shades traditionally have been the most prized, its bright lemony hues have become very popular in recent years because they mix better with pastel colors. Citrine Care: Take off your jewelry before doing potentially damaging activities such as cleaning, enjoying hot tubs or swimming or any active sports. Cleaning products can damage stones and metals and so can chlorine.
You can break or bend jewelry during active sports. It is best to take jewelry off at bedtime and before bathing. Apply hairspray, cologne and cosmetics before putting on jewelry. Citrine should be protected from sharp blows and scratches. Citrine can be cleaned with mild soap and lukewarm water using a soft bristle brush.
Be sure to rinse and dry thoroughly. Other methods, including ultra-sonic cleaners, solvents and harsh chemicals should be avoided when cleaning your handcrafted jewelry as exposure to these elements can damage semi-precious and precious gemstones, shells and pearls. Citrine has excellent durability and is suitable for everyday wear however, it should be kept away from prolonged exposure to strong heat or several hours in direct sunlight. Some citrine may fade if exposed to sunlight for long periods. For this reason, it is recommended you do not wear it while sunbathing or using a tanning bed.About Mother of Pearl: Mother of Pearl is the common name for iridescent nacre, a blend of minerals that are secreted by oysters and other mollusks and deposited inside their shells, coating and protecting their bodies. Nacre is the same substance that is deposited around an object that becomes lodged in the mollusk, either naturally or inserted by humans, to ultimately become a pearl. Although pearls are popular today, some past cultures regarded colorful pieces of mother of pearl as more desirable decoration for jewelry and other objects. Jewelry made from mother of pearl is in the group called organic jewelry, which includes all jewelry that originates from a living creature, plant or other living organism. The pearly lining of mollusk shells has long been noted by people living near the ocean. Many early cultures used mother of pearl extensively in jewelry, and it came to be highly prized. About Tahitian Black Lip Oysters: An oyster, known scientifically as Pinctada margaritifera, found in the South Pacific, in areas such as Australia, Fiji, Tahiti, Okinawa, Cook Islands, Persian Gulf, parts of Indian Ocean, Baja California and the Gulf of Mexico. This particular species of oyster grows to about twelve inches in diameter and produces a wide range of dark-colored pearls commonly called "Tahitian pearls" or black pearls. The natural colors of pearls grown by this oyster include silver/white, light gray, dark gray, orange, gold, green, blue, purple, and black. The Black Lip pearl oyster has been valued by people in the IndoPacific region for centuries. Its shell was used for making jewelry, decorations, and tools, such as fish hooks and knives. The Black Lip Oysters mother of pearl inner shell has beautiful iridescent qualities. This pendant is created from Tahitian Mother of Pearl shells, the same shell of the oysters that give birth to superb Black South Sea Pearls. The Mother of Pearl shell is surface polished to display a beautiful shine along with its natural rainbow colored hues and iridescence. Gorgeous and radiant in appearance! Mother of Pearl Care: Use mild soaps and water on mother of pearl to clean it, and avoid storing it with jewelry which may scratch it and wear away the luminous layers of nacre. Makes a Great Gift or Treat Yourself to Start or Add to Your Collection of Fine Mixed Shell and Gemstone Jewelry Designs. 925 with Artist's Hallmark for Assurance Marks of Solid. 925 Sterling Silver Purity and Quality Jewelry Art Created by Marta Howell. Each Piece (Earrings, Pendant and Bracelet) Ships With a Special Marta Howell Gift Bag. Item's Picture/s Enlarged to Show the Fine Details. One Gift Box Total is Included in Every Order Due to Package Size Limitations. The item "Sterling Silver Marta Howell BL MoP Shell Citrine Earrings Pendant Bracelet Set" is in sale since Tuesday, December 16, 2008. This item is in the category "Jewelry & Watches\Handcrafted, Artisan Jewelry\Sets". The seller is "hawaiialohajewelry" and is located in Mililani, Hawaii. This item can be shipped to United States.
925 and Marta Howell