From Her Heart to Yours Comes this Beautiful Gift from the Sea Set! I truly apologize to her as my pictures do not best reflect the true appearance and beauty of her wonderful treasures as a gifted artist. All of Marta's Shell Pieces are Geographically-Selected as She Possesses a Keen Understanding of How Each Region's Shell Can Display Certain Qualities With Respect to Their Luster, Colors and Iridescent Characteristics. All of Marta's Calibrated and Uniform-Sized Semi-Precious Gemstones are "A+" Grade or Better as She Pursues to Achieve the Highest Quality of Standards in Each of Her Art Pieces Made. This is Absolutely a Wonderful Created Piece of Art!NOTES: Item is Much Better Than Pictured and Does Not Reflect the True Beauty of the Brilliant Abalone Shell's Iridescent Hues, Shades, and Color Reflections. The Conch Shell in the Item's Picture is Used for Background Purposes Only and is Not Included. Brand New, Never Used Hawaiian Designed Silver, Abalone Shells With Topaz Pendant. 925 Sterling Silver, Natural New Zealand Paua Abalone Shells and Swiss Blue Topaz Gemstones. Contemporary Graduated "Eggs and Ovals" Cut Shells with Graduated Oval-Cut Topaz Gems; Cutout, Openwork, Raised Gemstone Design, Hand-Cut and Hand-Shaped, Concave (Sunken) Egg and Oval-Shaped Abalone Shells, Natural Shells (Not Treated), Oval Topaz Gems, Extra High Polished Iridescent Shells, Smooth Silver High Polish Finish.
Measures: Graduated Egg and Oval. From 20mm Wide X 29mm Long up to 31mm Wide X 40mm Long Graduated Approx.
From 13/16" Wide X 1 1/8" Long up to 1 3/16" Wide X 1 9/16" Long. Gemstones Include (6) 5mmX7mmX2mm, 5.82 Carats Total; (4) 6mmX 8mmX2.5mm, 5.84 Carats Total; (2) 7mmX9mmX3mm, 4.04 Carats Total (Graduated From 3/16" Wide X 1/4" Long to 1/4" Wide X 5/16" Long and 1/4" Wide X 3/8" Long); Necklace Size: 21 Long ; Weight: 95.6 grams Total ; Gem Carat Weight: 15.70 Carats Total Swiss Blue Topaz ; Grade: AA; Features: This Stunning 100% Hand-Made Hawaiian-Designed Sterling Silver Necklace is Superbly Hand-Crafted With an Extra High Polished Surface Shell Finish and a Smooth, Silver High Polish Finish Background.This Very Labor-Intensive Design Features Gorgeous Iridescent, Egg- and Oval-Shaped Cut Pieces of Natural (Not Treated, Not Color Enhanced) New Zealand Paua Abalone Shells. The Paua Abalone Shells are High Detailed With Enhanced Polishing Techniques to Bring Out Their Best Luster, Iridescence and Color of the Shells. This Shells Have a Concave (Sunken) Surface Shape. Each Egg and Oval Shaped Abalone Shell Piece is Hand-Cut and Hand-Shaped Before Setting Into Its Bezel-Style Frame.
These Lustrous Shell Pieces Have a Gorgeous and Vivid, Iridescence Throughout. The Shell's Display a Full Spectrum of Colors Including Bright Iridescent Pink, Green, Orange, Navy Blue, Royal Blue, Yellow, Gold, Lime, Rose, Mauve, Lavender and Violet Overtones... The Shell's Satin Patina's Have a 3-Dimensional Quality, and at Every Turn of This Piece You See a Rainbow of Colors Traversing Across its Face.The Shells are Encased in a Hand-Shaped Solid. 925 Sterling Silver Frames That Conform to the Exact Cut, Shape and Sides of the Shell Pieces Using a Very Strong 40-Strand Sterling Silver Wire. Stunning, Graduated and Repeating Faceted Oval Topaz Gems Adorn the Middle of Each Link That Separates Each Graduated Abalone Shell Piece to Enhance the Detailing.
The Bezel-Framed Blue Topaz Gems Features an Oval-Cut, to Reflect Scintillation, Fire and Brilliance Similar to a Round-Cut. The Necklace's Closure Incorporates a Toggle Clasp Bearing Marta's Signature on the Bar. This Necklace Design is Absolutely Breathtaking! A Unique, One of a Kind Piece that Exudes Pride of Ownership! These Quality Oval-Shaped Topaz Gemstones are Exceptionally Cut Displaying Superb Brilliance, Strong Bright Hues and a Gorgeous, Medium Tone Sky-Blue to Azure Color Background.These Fine Quality Gems are Very Very Slightly Included With Natural Inclusions (The Stone Appears Clean to the Unaided Eye) and Only Visible Under a 10X Magnification (GIA: Type I Gem, Clarity Grade: VVS). These Sparkling Topaz Gems Were Mined From the Capão Mine, of Southeast Brazil. The Gemstones were Intricately Cut and Polished in Jaipur, India Where Cutting and 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. Oval Cut: The oval-cut is most similar a round-brilliant cut and combines the round's sparkle with a flattering, elongated outline. It makes a good choice for someone who wants a unique shape but loves the fire and brilliance of a round-cut gemstone. The length-to-width ratio of ovals can vary based on personal preference. The relatively symmetrical shape lends itself well to a variety of mounting styles. Most oval-cuts look great in any mounting meant for a round brilliant as long as the setting holding the gemstone has six prongs properly spaced or even better, set in a bezel-frame for a very secure hold. Medium Tone, Azure with Medium Sky Blue Overtones; VERY FINE - 4. (Visible Only Under 10x Magnification); GIA Type I Clarity Chart: VVS, Very Very Slightly Included; Symmetry: EXCELLENT - 5. Rarity: COMMON TO SOMEWHAT RARE - 4. OVERALL NUMERICAL GRADE: 8.5 OUT OF 10. 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 O`ahu, 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. Topaz Care and Cleaning Tips: Do not use an ultrasonic cleaner on your garnet jewelry. Put your jewelry on last and take it off first. Always complete your makeup before putting on your jewelry so that the chemicals in hairspray and makeup won't damage it and you will have to clean it less often. Remove your jewelry before doing any housework or yard work to prevent the possibility of breaking a clasp or the gemstone itself.Topaz, like diamond, has perfect basal cleavage; a sharp blow from the right direction will split it perfectly along its cleavage line. Avoid exposing your topaz to harsh chemicals, particularly acids. Keep topaz out of direct sunlight and extreme temperatures because the sun and heat can potentially alter its color. To keep your Topaz looking sparkly and bright, use warm water and add mild dishwashing liquid to the water, clean the stones with a soft cloth or toothbrush. Rinse the jewelry with warm water and pat it dry.
To Store your Garnet Jewelry, Wrap each piece of garnet jewelry in its own cloth to keep it from touching other pieces. Place each piece in its own compartment in your jewelry box, separate from other gemstones because harder stones will scratch softer ones. Diamonds, corundum (rubies and sapphires) and alexandrite are harder than topaz, while aquamarines, emeralds and garnets are softer.
Store your jewelry in a cool place out of direct sunlight. About New Zealand Paua Shells: Paua is a species of abalone found only off the coast of New Zealand. It is the most vividly colored shell you can find - it outshines even the other species of abalone and makes wonderful jewelry. It has a range of blues and greens, often going into electric shades.
Purples and pinks are fairly common. Yellows and other colors will also show. Many cultures believe paua is a symbol of good luck and prosperity. The color in the paua shell changes when viewed at different angles. This iridescence, similar to that of Mother of Pearl shell, but far more brilliant, is what makes paua shell so amazing a gem material for use in jewelry.
It is truly one of nature's gifts. Each shell is different in it's color tones, and in the patterns within the shell. The black patterns in the shell come from layers of protein that are laid down between the layers of calcium that make up the shell.
The brilliant colors are from light being refracted within the crystal layers. Paua Abalone is exclusively found in New Zealand and exhibits this amazing play of color on its shell surface quite similar to opals, thus earning its nickname the "Sea Opal".
The most intensely colored Paua come from the cold waters off the southern coast of New Zealand. When found, the shells have a whitish lime coating.This is polished off to reveal the intensely colored "exterior" shell. The interior of the shell also has the same lovely colors. Abalone Shell Care: Use mild soaps and water on abalone 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. Ships in a Gift Box with 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 "Signature Marta Howell 925 STER Silver NZ Oval Paua Abalone Blue Topaz Necklace" is in sale since Saturday, August 14, 2010. This item is in the category "Jewelry & Watches\Handcrafted, Artisan Jewelry\Necklaces & Pendants". The seller is "hawaiialohajewelry" and is located in Mililani, Hawaii.This item can be shipped to United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Denmark, Finland, Australia, Portugal, Japan, Sweden, South Korea, Belgium, France, Ireland, Netherlands, Germany, Austria, New Zealand, Norway, Iceland.