TOURMALINE CRYSTAL WITH PUFFY BIRD | Sterling Silver necklace
A breathtaking green Tourmaline is suspended on this Sterling Silver ring ball chain necklace.
This unique Tourmaline has the quality AAA and is left as it grew millions of years ago in a complete crystal.
A puffy little bird handcrafted from solid Sterling Silver accompanies the stone on as second pendant.
This work has been cast and silversmithed in my workshop in Yorkshire using traditional procedures.
Over the course of 15 hours the carved wax model of the bird has been burnt out from 230 slowly to 730 degrees to create a void in a cast form.
The resulting void has then been filled with liquid molten Sterling Silver.
Tourmaline is a colourful semi-precious stone that is available from black to bluish black, dark brown, yellow, medium brown, blue to neon blue, lime to dark forest green, yellow, pink, red, reddish purple, and colourless.
Its name comes from the Sinhalese (a Sri Lankan dialect) word 'tura mali', literally meaning 'the stone of mixed colours'.
The most expensive ones are the blue Indicolite, the green Verdelite and the pink Rubellite that you can see here.
Tourmalines are usually given on 8th Wedding Anniversaries.
If you were born in October the Tourmaline is your birthstone along with the Opal.
This necklace is 46 cm long.
The Tourmaline pendant is 30 mm long from the bail and 4 mm wide.