Barbara Bixby Sterling & 18K Carved Abalone &Gem Enhancer

Barbara Bixby Sterling & 18K Carved Abalone &Gem Enhancer
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Elegantly ornate, this sterling silver enhancer boasts intricately carved abalone shells that fan out to create a Maltese-style cross design. Round, faceted iolite gemstones frame the chrysoprase cabochon in the center and emphasize its soothing color. From Barbara Bixby.

  • Sterling silver, 18K gold
  • Total iolite gemstone weight is approximately 0.40 carat; gemstone weight is not given for opaque gemstones
  • Maltese-style cross design; carved abalone shells in fan shape finished with textured zigzag edges; round chrysoprase cabochon set in textured 18K gold bezel at center; bezel accented by round, faceted iolite gemstones; textured design on back of cross
  • Measures approximately 2"L x 1-1/2"W
  • Made in China

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Rated 4.4 out of 5 by 9 reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by One-of-a-Kind Beauty I collect crosses and this one is so unique. I appreciate that Barbara Bixby is meticulous about the sterling designs/carvings and particular about the gemstones that go into her pieces. The iolite, though small, is bright without being washed out yet still has a depth of color. I thought it an unusual choice to place a cabachon crysoprase in the center. It is surrounded by gold, which plays off the signature gold flower on the bale. The mother-of-pearl has beautiful, playful color and the carving makes it so different. This is bold and exquisite. Because of the mother-of-pearl, each cross will be a one-of-a-kind beauty, and that makes this a piece worth having. 02-01-15
Rated 1 out of 5 by Poor quality of abalone This is the 3rd time ordering this. Thought I'd get lucky this time, bot not so. Abalone is gray, no green or blues, very flat colorations. Worse of the 3 I've attempted.So sad. I just want one that looks like the picture. 11-05-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by Love It Expensive, but worth it. I was looking for a pendent to go with my lotus earrings. Works we'll together. 06-20-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by Beautiful and Substantial This enhancer is exquisite and the quality is impeccable. It has a very substantial weight to it. I do have to say that the colors appear a bit brighter in the online picture than they do in person, at least on the one that I received, but it is very beautiful. Love it!! 06-04-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by Beautiful Piece I just purchased this beauty when it was available on the easy pay day. I just can't say enough about the beauty and feel of this piece. The quality of the abalone is beautiful. It seems as if it glows. The carving on the abalone really makes it come to life. I love the size and the feel of this piece. I find myself reaching for it because of how smooth and weighty it is! I am so happy I was able to purchase it. Easy pay helped me decide! Thank you to Barbara for your beautiful designs! 03-26-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by Oh My! I have 3 traditional Bixby crosses and was not planning on adding any more. However, I have been wanting a Maltese and while I liked this one, I have enough Bibxy abalone pieces also. Finally, after reading the reviews on the quaility of this cross, I ordered. This is the best quality abalone of all that I own in her collection. My shell is primarily apple green, with pink, teal blue, and gold flasihing colors. The carving enhances the natural pattern of the shell and it does glow. The chrysoprase is also a very good quaility stone, and the gold accent around the stone matches back to the gold flashing in the shell. There is much more gold in this than many of her pieces. The idolites are pale and could be mistaken for amethyst, but it is still beautiful, and is not an issue for me. I can now cross a "Maltese Cross" off my list. 03-22-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by Beautiful but check your abalone Such a gorgeous piece but sadly abalone shell cracked so had to send back. 09-08-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by Extreme beauty! I was one of the first lucky people to order this enhancer and I waited eagerly for it's arrival. I was more than thrilled when it did. The colors of the abalone shell on this enhancer are vibrant and electric in greens and blues, accented with iolites just as bright a blue and chrysoprase just as green. It's a very substantial piece as well, and the hardware is well-made and secure. I could not be happier, thanks, Barbara! 07-01-12
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