Smokey Quartz & Freshwater Pearl Necklace handmade in our UK workshop. This necklace has been hand knotted on silk using large white ringed natural freshwater pearls (measuring 0.10 cm to 0.11 cm in diameter) and a stunning deep smokey quartz stone set in sterling silver (the stone is substantial measuring 30mm by 22mm. The length of the necklace is 19″ inches and it has been finished with a solid sterling silver large bolt ring clasp.
About the materials used in our Smokey Quartz & Freshwater Pearl Necklace
Smoky quartz is a grey, translucent variety of quartz. It ranges in clarity from almost complete transparency to a brownish-grey crystal that is almost opaque. Some can also be black. Like other quartz gems, it is a silicon dioxide crystal. The smoky colour results from free silicon, formed from the silicon dioxide by natural irradiation.
Smoky quartz is used to protect against all forms of bad luck and to enhance energy flow through the hands. It increases creativity and intuition and transforms depression and pessimistic thought into joy and optimism.
In China during the 12th century, smoky quartz was used to make sunglasses. It was also used in China to make snuff bottles. The Romans and Sumerians used smoky quartz to make seals. Smoky quartz is the national gem of Scotland where it is often called cairngorm because it was found in the Cairngorm Mountains. It is used there for jewellery and to decorate kilt pins and knife handles.
Smoky quartz is a birthstone for Scorpio.
Freshwater pearls are cultivated in mussels rather than oysters, and most of the world’s supply are farmed in the lakes, rivers and ponds of China. The history of the Chinese Freshwater pearl is vast. It has been reported that in 2206 BC, pearls from fresh sources were already being paid as tributes, and descriptions about them can be seen in records dating back to the 18th century.
Freshwater pearls are easier to grow than salt water pearls; one freshwater mussel can grow a multitude of pearls at a time, compared to salt water oysters that usually produce only one pearl. That said, the cultivation of Freshwater pearls is still a labour of love; mussels are often cultivated in farms in southern regions where pearl formation is faster, and then moved to northern farms (that have slower cultivation) to produce a compact nacre for better colour and lustre. They come in a range of colours including white, peach, pink and purple. Pearl is June’s birthstone.
Some believe that spiritually pearls sooth and heal the negativity and struggle in your life, surround negative energy with Light and dissolve any negative energy being sent to you whilst healing your own negative thought patterns.