J149582 - Barbara Bixby 18" Gemstone Bead Necklace, Sterling/18K
Got this necklace as TSV and kind of forgot about it, and how to open it. I agree the stones don't "exactly" match, but there is so much sparkle and life to them that it makes a great looking piece. BTW after struggling with the clasp I finally asked my SO to help with it. Took him about a minute to figure it out and he felt it couldn't be simpler to work.
After reading the reviews, I was not sure about ordering this necklace. I was on the waitlist for a short time and it arrived last week. The necklace is so deep and rich and ever so sparkly, it has a very nice weight to it also. I am so glad to get it, it is just what I was looking for. Am wondering if there is a certain enhancer that was intended to go with this beautiful necklace?
Well, I love it!
I do understand the reviews I've read on this piece. I was on waitlist for this in Amethyst, and just recieved it. The beads are not completely matching, but they facetted gems, and I think a perfect match of all the stones is near impossible. I do not see any cracks in any of the stones. I can understand where that would bother some people, but the imperfection is what I like about it. I bought this to wear J142801, Multi gemstone Black Mother of Pearl Enhancer. Let me just say, they are perfect together.
Sweet garnet necklace!
Where the beads aren't perfectly matched in color or size, mine weren't "off" enough to be a distraction. I kind of like the "organic" natural feel to imperfect beads. Perfectly matched identical beads are pretty, but they have no "soul." I have no problems putting on or taking off the necklace with the enhancer on, as long as the enhancer's bail isn't huge. I like the ring clasp myself; it allows me to use pendants without enhancer bails on the necklace! I WOULD like for the size of the rings on BB's necklaces to be included in the measurement specs for each piece, ie. inner diameter. I do find it frustrating that 2 of my BB enhancers won't fit on the rings on ANY of my BB necklaces (pearl, garnet, or silk cord), but I digress.
I agree with the previous reviews, the quality of the beads is very poor. The beads on my necklace are very dark, dull and vary in size. There is definitely a good number of quality control issues with the Bixby line. I had purchased the 18", 20" and 24" inch garnet beads and each one is the same - nothing special. Barbara, you need to step in and take control of production!
I ordered this necklace in both colors and although I didn't have the problem of cracked beads, I found the quality of the beads to be poor and the new clasp design to be awful...The circle is too small to accomodate some enhancer bails and you have to put the enhancer on after you put the necklace on, which I find very inconvenient. These were definitely not keepers.
Cracked and miscolored beads
I bought this necklace to go along with the dragonfly pendant. Well, the beads are not matched, color missing on some and to say the least poor faceting and quality. What a disappointment. The second Bixby item I was not impressed with. When you hear her and her rep talk about their 1st quality and nothing less, (huh) not what I have received.