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

Beautiful beads. This strand of faceted gemstone beads is capped by a textured sterling silver circle and beautiful endcaps with 18K yellow gold flower accents. From Barbara Bixby.

Amethyst or Garnet.

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

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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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J149582 - Barbara Bixby 18" Gemstone Bead Necklace, Sterling/18K 3.3 5 7 7
Very nice 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. 10-30-10
Beautiful! 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? 07-04-10
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. 05-29-10
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. 05-12-10
Quality issues..... 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! 05-11-10
Not Impressed 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. 05-05-10
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. 05-03-10
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