American West Sterling Graduated Gemstone Bead Necklace
I've been looking for a "white" bead necklace that wasn't just plain white - and this was it! The magnesite necklace is white and has the gray/silver matrix on the stones with sterling beads between the white beads. I have worn it many times already since I received it. I already ordered it for a birthday gift for someone.
Thank you Carolyn for finally making a "white" bead necklace.
Color Let Down
The necklace I saw in the presentation had very good color beads and a lot of darker shadings in the beads. The one I received is very blah is it's color, and I don't really like it that much. It is well made and a good length, but I was hoping for better color saturation in mine. I will return it most likely, and am disappointed because some picture jasper is spectacular in color, and it is not easy to find in a nice necklace.
Beautiful magnesite beads!
This one's a keeper. I love the matrix and quality of the beads. I also like the subtle graduation of the beads, and the adjustability of the length. There are spacer beads, which were not shown in the original presentation--they used a different length and type of necklace (oddly). The spacer beads are a bit too oxidized for me. They appear gray, so I'm going to try to polish each one--a little cumbersome. Still, worth it overall for such a lovely necklace. Love that it's USA made, too!
Beads of Beauty
If you've read the Q&A stream on this necklace you'll see there's been some concern that the on-air sample didn't have the silver spacer beads and the actual necklace does have them -- I have the picture jasper necklace and my reaction is that the spacers (which are quite tiny with oxidized ribs) are barely noticeable. In addition I'm thinking they help to keep the stone beads from rubbing against each (that could result in some wear after a time) and probably help the necklace lay nicely on the chest. Each bead is unique with beautiful color and veining and there are no 'pock marks' that can appear on lesser quality beads. I say go for it, it's substantial and a great piece that I'm very proud to own.
Guess I'm in the minority but-----
I absolutely love this necklace. I personally was very glad to have the silver beads between the picture jasper beads. I have the CP picture jasper enhancer, J303385 , and the combination is beautiful. It was exactly what I was looking for.