This is a beautiful natural Afghan Hackmanite necklace with two 18k yellow gold Crownwork® finials and two amphoras on oxidized silver olive chain with small lilypad clasp. Oxidized silver has a beautiful historic feel for jewelry ( think Austro-Hungarian empire ) and is a wonderful contrast to gold so for necklaces it looks rich and strong. When its oxidized really polished black, the stone pops with rich saturated color and look luxurious. The design inspiration for the finials are the Moores in Spain. It’s my translation of the columns in the Alluhumbra Palace. The design is a very old world form that fits jewelry perfectly and I use it in many configurations throughout the collection. The lilypad clasp is a way for me to finish a piece of jewelry with a personal design touch. The clasp is very safe and easy to open and close. Its something that shows the true nature of the piece being made by hand not manufactured.
Hackmanite has a light to dark purple color, it is a very rare natural mineral that can change color when exposed to UV sunlight after mining. It is also one of the only gemstones that can glow in the dark.
This is my first Hackmanite piece and I just love it!