Barbara Bixby Cultured Pearl & Garnet Bead Tassel Enhancer Sterling/18K

Barbara Bixby Cultured Pearl & Garnet Bead Tassel Enhancer Sterling/18K
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A Note from the Designer

"I've always been intrigued by both the design and artistry of tassels. I collect antique tassels and have some of them hanging from the large exposed beams in our home, which is a converted barn built in the 19th century. In India, tassels decorate the royal elephant's head. I decided to create this pendant to capture the movement and delicacy of the tassel. This piece has a beautifully carved lotus capping the tassel. The tassels themselves are made with cabochon garnet beads. I've finished the ends of some of the strands with my signature flower. The tassel hangs below a huge luscious pearl nestled in between intricately carved caps."

—Barbara Bixby

Distinctive style. A ringed, white cultured freshwater pearl is detailed with intricately designed endcaps, giving this sterling silver enhancer its overwhelming appeal. Dangling from the cultured freshwater pearl are strands of Brazilian garnet beads with an endcap at the top and 18K yellow gold beads on the front. Sterling beads and flowers further detail the strands. From Barbara Bixby.

  • Sterling silver, 18K yellow gold
  • Gemstone weight is not given for garnet
  • Cultured freshwater pearl measures approximately 12.0mm
  • Oxidized finish
  • Snap hinge bail with 18K yellow gold flower accent and figure-eight safety catch
  • Including bail, measures approximately 3-1/8"L x 1/2"W
  • Box, pouch, romance card
  • Made in China

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Reviews & Community QA

J150972 - Barbara Bixby Cultured Pearl & Garnet Bead Tassel Enhancer 4.1 5 12 12
Chic & exotic I love unusual jewelry, especially statement pendants, so I was immediately drawn to this particular Barbara Bixby enhancer. The size & the unusual nature of it definitely catches the eye & I almost always receive compliments whenever I wear it. This enhancer is simply stunning worn on Barbara's 26" garnet beaded necklace, the Novica Balinese "Crest" necklace as well as a 16" Judith Ripka QVC station necklace with pearls. My only complaint is that my pearl is lacking in quality: while I actually like the organic nature of Honora's ringed pearls, mine has neither the luster nor the orient of other pearls I own in the 10-12mm size range. However, I love this piece so much that I am getting my pearl replaced & I know that I will wear this piece proudly for many years. If you love unusual, statement jewelry or if you're looking for a WOW enhancer that is unlike anything in your collection, don't hesitate to pick up this beautiful piece from Ms. Bixby. 08-23-11
Exquisite I just received this. It is beautifully made. i will wear it both on long chains and short pearls. Can't beat for the clearance price! 06-28-11
I FEEL LIKE "NATALIE" AT OSCAR TIME!!!! I've had the glorious earrings for some time, and each time I wear those someone always exclaims-"Weren't those the earring Natalie P. wore when she accepted her Oscar?" Oh my! Indeed they look quite the same. They garner SOOO many compliments. Now DH thought I must have the matching enhancer which is equally as beautiful and perfect. This is my first Bixby enhancer. My garnets are a perfect match to my earrings in color and depth. It is longer that most Bixby enhancers, and for someone as tall as I,that is a wonderful thing. The ring pearl is large, lusturous and pure white. The garnets indeed look like rubies or rasberry seeds, plump and ripe. I wear this beauty on a gold double 72 inch chain and it is a real stand-alone piece. With summer en route I cannot wait to wear it with a simple white linen sheath. It's very elegant, yet also bohemian, depending on what your wear. Now I feel a bit of that Hollywood red-carpet magic each time I wear these glamorous baubles. Congratulations to Natalie on her Oscar...and likewise to Barbara for another gorgeous design. I will cherish it always. It is now a family heirloom....like all of Barbara's beautiful jewelry designs. Another Bixby treasure....how lucky am I !" 04-13-11
Great Design, Poor Execution I was so happy to receive these earrings after being on wait list for so long. They are gorgeous, but they are crooked. The cap is crooked and the hoop earring itself juts forward. I love them, but sadly, they are going back. 01-18-11
Gorgeous design, crooked crown cap I a so bummed. I LOVE this design, but the little crown cap on top of the garnet strands is crooked! It won't lie correctly no matter how much I fidget with it. A good one would be a slam dunk home run, but unfortunately I must return this. I gave it two stars because of the outstanding design. 12-01-10
good design bad pearl 2 starts for design. with this wonderful design but use such poor quality of pearl is waste...i agree with the previous rater. i already exchange once because the pearl but the 2nd one is worse, pearl still in bad quality. and this time the tassel don't hang straight.. i dont know i should try the 3rd time or not... 09-10-10
Quality issues again...... This is a great design and a fresh idea from Barbara, unfortunately, the execution is poor on the piece that I've received. The beads don't hang straight. Two of the rows are strung too tightly causing them to buckle. The pearl is large, but it has a deep groove in it almost appearing to be cracked. I would have preferred a beige colored pearl with the garnet, rather than bright white. For $200.00 with tax and shipping, IMO, this piece is not worth my money. 09-08-10
OUTSTANDING IN EVERY WAY!!!! This piece is the most beautiful in my entire collection and I have many pieces. It is so breathtakingly artistic from any angle. I simply cannot stop staring at it. I have the garnet necklace and with both pieces I feel so incredibly fortunate to have them to wear together. But now I am greedy for more and can only hope that Barbara creates similar pieces perhaps to go with the amethyst bead necklace. A similar tassel would be so wonderful in other colors. Thank you so much, Barbara, for bringing such joy to all of us who so very much appreciate your wonderful creations. 09-02-10
looks vintage needs long long chain 30-36 inches but then you have something really special 09-01-10
OMG!!! this is stunning!!! i was pretty sure that i would like this piece, but had no idea how large and absolutely amazing it would be in person. the pearl is golf ball size (okay, only a slight exaggeration), and the garnet tassel is to die for. i adore this piece!!! 09-01-10
simply stunning I noticed Barbara wearing this piece during her last visit band was waiting for the presentation. When it did not happen I took a chance and ordered it. It is stunning. I have attached it to a black coral bead necklace and now I own a dramatic statement piece. 09-01-10
Another Bixby Treasure! I ordered this enhancer without viewing a presentation or seeing a video (none available) but am so glad I took the chance - it is exquisite and so different! Having many of Barbara Bixby's pieces, I just knew I could trust her name for bringing the highest of quality and beauty to this piece and she didn't disappoint me! It looks exquisite on a garnet bead necklace, on a sterling silver necklace and on a pearl necklace - it changes the look completely. I happen to love tassels and am so delighted that Barbara made this enchancer! Another treasure Barbara! Keep them coming and I will continue buying! You are such a great designer! 08-29-10
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