Barbara Bixby Sterling & 18K Hematite & Pink Tourmaline Heart Enhancer

Barbara Bixby Sterling & 18K Hematite & Pink Tourmaline Heart Enhancer
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Your heart's desire. This airy openwork sterling silver and 18K yellow gold enhancer from Barbara Bixby will hold a special place in your jewelry collection. A pear-shaped crystal quartz and hematite doublet is gorgeously surrounded by pink tourmaline leaves and tantalizing texture with a touch more sparkle coming from the round white topaz glimmering above. From Barbara Bixby.

  • Sterling silver, 18K yellow gold
  • Total gemstone weight is approximately 0.40 carat; gemstone weight is not given for doublets
  • Openwork heart-shaped design; pear-shaped doublet of crystal quartz top and hematite bottom; pink tourmaline leaf design; bezel-set, round white topaz above doublet; beaded and textured bezel design in matte finish 18K yellow gold; scroll and textured zigzag motifs; oxidized finish
  • Tapered snap hinge with double safety catch
  • Measures approximately 1-3/4"L x 1-3/8"W
  • Imported

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Rated 4 out of 5 by 10 reviewers.
Rated 4 out of 5 by A Lovely Enhancer I had been watching this piece for a while and then I was fortunate enough to find it on sale and on Easy Pay so, I went for it. When I received it I saw what all of the other reviewers were saying. My first thought was, I expected it to be a puffier shaped heart and it seemed to me to not be as beautiful as in the photo I had been starring at for months. A bit disappointed I placed it on my BB 36 inch chain and then I saw the lovely quality match I was expecting. It's a keeper. Thank you! 09-10-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by NOLA Heart Pendant! I ordered sooo many pieces during Barbara's last visit, and this heart is my absolute favorite! If you have ever been to the French Quarter, this heart really has the NOLA look and vibe. First of all, the hematite stone is a silvery almost gray/black pearl like, and very mystical stone, at the center of this scrumptious heart. The pink tourmaline is a soft light pink pave, on top of the silver leafs of the vine. The gold accents are also soft being satin finish. All this softness against the gorgeous large and hard silver scrolls that are accented with some spiky silver surprises! This is one large and in charge Edgy Heart! Very Retro! I love it! I'm wearing this on my BB 28" black leather necklace with the matching black leather bracelet; the BB Rose Quartz Ring; and the BB pink tourmaline hoop earrings. Really Sweet! I'm definitely taking this suite with me on my next visit to the Quarter, which I hope is soon! 09-09-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by NEUTRAL TONES I think what people are missing is that this piece is not intended to pop with astounding color. Bright color would clash with the intricacy of the carving. These tones are neutral, especially together. Its not all in-your-face, lets-go-celebrate-all-the-colors-of-a-garden. Its "look what I found in the bottom drawer of the coolest antique shop in Paris." This is a new direction for Barbara, and I for one like it. Notice also that the ever-present lotus is NOT here. A breath of fresh air! Neutral, cool grey air - as on a Paris boulevard after rain. I love the hematite doublet and every last thing about this piece. Its already a go-to in my collection. Especially spectacular with black. Lets see more like this!! 04-16-16
Rated 2 out of 5 by Love the Concept and the Heart, cloudy stones I love this heart and it is big and has a nice weight. The openwork is beautiful. The stones on the other hand are a different story. The pink stones are dull and cloudy, the Hematite is a medium grayish hue that does nothing for me. I normally get compliments on every piece of Bixby I own but this one did not garner one compliment and people were staring at it, but had not one word to say. I am going to try once to send this back in the hopes that I will get sharper brighter stones with more life to them, but I am not going to hold my breath considering the reviews. I am so disappointed since I collect Barbara's hearts and was so looking forward to receiving this one. I will give it one more try as I stated and then if the next one is not a major improvement I will be sending it back for a full refund. Sorry, but I guess there are hits and misses and the stone quality on this are a definite miss, even in direct sunlight or high intensity lighting. I gave it two stars since I love the design and detracted three for the stone quality and the inconvenience of having to send this back and try again. 03-30-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by Awesome This is an absolute lovely piece of jewelry. It looks like something a queen would have owned. The colors are beautiful. I have worn it several times since purchased. 03-10-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by Intricate, Visually Fascinating Heart! I was drawn to the uniqueness of the silver work in this enhancer, so I ordered it. In person, the grey doublet is the color of grey kitten fur, and the pink tourmalines are soft and understated, but the star of the piece, I think, is the intricate design itself with lots of detailed carving and negative space. It is truly stellar worn on a chain or a hematite beaded necklace, and it gives off a romantic yet Gothic vibe from an era gone by. I just love it. 02-23-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by Nice.. It's a nice large size enhancer.. But. Sent it back.. Middle stone grey and not attractive pink stones are so pale.. If the stones would be different and more prominent in color that would be the keeper.. 02-22-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by In the eyes of the beholder! When I read a previous review that stated the black stone looked like it had a cataract I laughed out loud. She's right. I love the cataract. To me it's mystical and beautiful. She is also correct about the pink tourmaline being very pale. I love that too. I have too many of Barbara Bixby's pieces to count and to me these subtle changes to her usual gem colors are refreshing. Her hearts are my favorite. The silverwork on this one is the star. It has a large presence and looks great on chains and black pearls. It's one of my favorite pieces! 02-21-16
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