Barbara Bixby 20" Gemstone Bead Necklace, Sterling/18K

Barbara Bixby 20" Gemstone Bead Necklace, Sterling/18K
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A Note from the Designer

"I wanted to create a signature gemstone necklace that could be worn in various ways. I love combining pieces (like the Eastern Time charms or my keys and locks) and wanted to bring my customers something beautiful that was versatile and fun. When I was working on the design and trying to create a balance, I thought about the symbolism of the number six (which symbolizes celestial harmony and balance) and it worked perfectly into the concept. Choose Amethyst for spirituality and meditation and Garnet for happiness and energy."

—Barbara Bixby

Absolutely bedazzling. Round, faceted gemstone beads compose the length of this fabulous necklace, as open sterling silver circle stations are interspersed along the piece. Each station is designed with a textured pattern as well as scroll- and beaded texture endcaps. The center station beams with an 18K yellow gold signature Bixby flower. From Barbara Bixby.

Amethyst or Garnet.

  • Sterling silver, 18K yellow gold
  • Gemstone weight is not given for beads
  • Beads measure approximately 6.0mm
  • Oxidized finish
  • Round, push-hinge closure
  • Measures approximately 20"L x 1/4"W
  • Box, pouch, romance card
  • Made in China

About Amethyst

Stone Information & Mining

Amethyst is the purple variety of the quartz mineral species. It's the gem that's most commonly associated with the color purple, even though there are other purple gemstones such as sapphire and tanzanite. Its purple color can be cool and bluish, or a reddish purple that's sometimes referred to as "raspberry."

Legend & Lore

Because of its wine-like color, early Greek legends associated amethyst with Bacchus, the god of wine. Other legends reflected beliefs that amethyst kept its wearer clear-headed and quick-witted in battle and in business affairs. Fine amethysts have been set in religious jewelry and royal crown jewels for ages. It was once considered equal in value to ruby, emerald, and sapphire. It's no wonder that fine amethyst adorns the fingers of bishops as well as the coronation regalia of British royalty.


Amethyst's purple color can range from a light lilac to a deep, intense royal purple and from brownish to vivid. Amethyst also commonly shows what is called color zoning, which in the case of amethyst usually consists of angular zones of darker to lighter color.



Amethyst can be safely cleaned with warm soapy water. Ultrasonic cleaners are usually safe except in the rare instances where a stone is dyed or treated by fracture filling. Steam cleaning is not recommended, and amethyst should not be subjected to heat.

This information was excerpted from GIA's Gem Encyclopedia with permission from GIA. For the full GIA Gem Encyclopedia entry, click here. For more information about GIA, click here.

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About Barbara Bixby
Barbara Bixby

Jewelry designer Barbara Bixby began her studies at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City at the age of 16. Although she started out with a focus on sculpture, she soon fell in love with jewelry design. "I love what I do as a jewelry designer. I am extremely lucky to have found my passion early for what would ultimately become my career," enthused Bixby.

After finishing her education, Bixby took a variety of jobs that allowed her to become more familiar with the world of fine jewelry. Eventually she was asked to design a personal collection for an established designer that was the initial inspiration to create her current collections.

In need of fresh inspiration, Bixby spent a year traveling the world and painting. Upon her return, she continued to develop collections for many highly renowned design houses before moving on to create her own intricate pieces. "My current collection is my most exciting undertaking to date. I use the jewelry medium to create a piece of art, with precious metal as my three-dimensional canvas and gemstones as my color palette."

Each piece combines Bixby's distinctive drawing style, her love of symbolism, and the unique attributes of gemstones. Her influences and inspirations come from a variety of sources - some as far-reaching as Asia and Europe and others as personal as her garden and country home. More than anything, though, her love of art has remained the driving force behind her work.

"I love to see people take my jewelry and make it their own. The way we present ourselves is an expression of our greatest work of art, the soul."

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J153214 - Barbara Bixby 20" Gemstone Bead Necklace, Sterling/18K 3.1 5 37 37
Love! Love! Love! This necklace is so pretty and I love that the clasp looks like all the other rings. I love the color and it goes so well with jeans and a great purple sweater. 01-08-11
Nice Piece! I ordered this in the amethyst version, in the 26 inch length. I did exchange it for the 20 inch because I was a little concerned that the clasp might wear out over time. The 26 inch can fit over my head and the clasp doesn't have to be used. The amethyst beads were a deep purple, though transparent. Only 2 or 3 beads were a little grayish or cloudy. The necklace I received looks like it's a little better quality than the one pictured online.I love using the clasp to showcase my pendants. Makes a nice statement. 12-30-10
Beautiful! I love it with the garnet cross pendant that she sells. It is a gorgeous necklace, Don't understand the negative reviews! 11-11-10
Disappointed Love Barbara Bixby's style. Disappointed in the quality of this piece. Still kept it even though I didn't think the price matched the quality. I kept it because I loved the design. After I wore it about 6 times it just broke. I didn't even do anything to it besides picking it up off the dresser. Beads went everywhere. Back it went. 11-07-10
No sparkle in the garnet gemstones! I ordered both sizes in this necklace and was very sad to see the necklace lacked the luster and beauty as I saw on the TV presentation. I guess the lighting just has to be right or something. To me this necklace is very dull and drab and the clasp is just terrible. Barbara, you need to stick to closures that are easy and standard that everyone is used to, you could never gift this necklace to someone unless you sent along instructions in detail explaining how the clasp works. Better luck next time! Both necklaces are on the way back-sorry Barbara! 10-28-10
Fabulous Necklace. 10 STAR I love this piece so much. I love it all by itself and I love it with my Key Enhancer . WHAT a great buy from a great artist designer. 10-03-10
Compliments Galore I just LOVE this necklace. I got it in Garnet when it was a TSV and when it arrived, I knew I needed the Amethyst as well. I now have both and have received more compliments on them than any necklace I've owned. The clasp took me a moment to figure out but once I did it's soooo simple and really genius! 09-26-10
Nothing special Brownish garnets, annoying clasp. Not worth the money. 09-19-10
Beautiful Beads BUT I was Disappointed... I ordered 2 of these 20 inch Necklaces because they would have worked so well with my collection of Pendants and Enhancers. The COLOR and the QUALITY of both the Amethyst and the Garnet Beads was TERRIFIC...However, I really did NOT like the clasp and the way it closed. I rewatched the video presentation and I still found it difficult to close. Maybe, my difficulty was due to my age?? (I am in my early 60's)... So, IF the closure doesn't bother you, then you should buy this necklace. I sadly returned both necklaces. 09-15-10
Very cool! I ordered the amethyst and I really like it. I want to wear it with and without charms. The clasp was very easy to find and operate, I had no problem. I do wonder how durable and strong the clasp will be but only time will tell. The stations were a little dull and blackish but I am going to shine them up with my polishing cloth. It really is a pretty necklace although I think I would have preferred polished beads rather than faceted. I prefer shine over sparkle. I'm very happy with this purchase! 09-15-10
Pretty Amethyst but... I would ask Barbara to include instructions on how to use her clasp. I had to return the first one because the clasp was broken. I did see the video presentation and I still had to go back and look at it again to figure it out. My second one is good but the beads are tight- I am probably going to keep it because I already have matching earrings that make it a good ensemble. I would recommend with a caveat and some improvements. 09-11-10
Sending this back now! Dark brown garnets. Tarnished looking silver. Not up to Barbra Bixby's standards. Opened it up and put it right back in the mail. Need I say more? 09-08-10

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