My Chinese Apothecary Chest: in 1994, it arrived via container to California from Hong Kong, where I discovered beading during my husband’s ex-pat assignment. Serves as the repository for my beads. Handcrafted. It has 52 Drawers, mostly sorted by color.
2017 Challenge: Create a Necklace a Week, using only the Beads from one Drawer at a time. Voila! 52 Necklaces!
Week 38/Drawer 38: September 20, 2017: “Heart’s Desire”
If Chrysoprase isn’t a challenge to pronounce, try this: it is a cryptocrystalline which means it is composed of extra-fine crystals. To me that is perfectly evident when I look at the translucence sparkling from the inside to the surface. And BTW, this wonderfulness exists because the crystals have a trace of nickel in them!
The minty green color of the beads I am using in this necklace is the most popular of its several shades.
The rocks of chrysoprase I saw in my research all had brown streaks running through them.
That the cutters kept some brown is the feature that caused me to buy two strands of these beads.
In sharp but pleasant contrast to the minty green is the solid honey brown of the two brown chrysoprase centerpieces and the earrings. The contrast gives this chrysoprase necklace real personality!
I am not a metaphysical user of crystals, but my research indicates chrysoprase is a major heart chakra: “its relaxing and serene vibes help cool the intense emotions of anxiety, especially if you place it over your heart”. Another quote: “the strong flow of healing energy through the heart boosts circulation and brings you closer to living from the heart and embracing universal love”. Pretty nice way to exist…
The clasp and earwires are vermeil which is 14 karat gold over silver. This two strand necklace measures 18”; and earrings are included. $99.