A bold sterling silver bead sits at the center of this bracelet, flanked by bright green, gemmy chrome diopside. Chrome diopside is a truly special stone and rivals emerald in its’ beauty. The rest of the bracelet is made up of rainbow moonstone, which flash the occasional burst of blue. The extender is accented by a double stack of chrome diopside and rainbow moonstone. This bracelet is extendable from 7”-8.5” long.
About bracelet materials and construction:
The gemstone and/or sterling silver beads are strung on a high-quality sterling silver beading wire (“19 strands of micro-spun, marine-quality wire of a specially formulated metal alloy woven together, plated with sterling silver and coated in clear nylon”) which is hypoallergenic and is impervious to water exposure. The nylon coating protects from tarnish.
All components besides the gemstones are sterling silver, including extender, crimp tubes and covers, as well as the wire guardians, which protect the loops at the ends of the bracelet from wear and tear as the clasp and extender chain move against the wire. The hook clasp is also sterling silver and is hand-forged.
About the stones:
CHROME DIOPSIDE: Until recently, chrome diopside was really only a collector’s gemstone. Now it has become mainstream, used more commonly in jewelry. It has an intense green hue that can be compared with emerald, but it isn’t as hard as emerald. As the name implies, chrome diopside gets its’ color from chromium. Two notable locations where chrome diopside is mined are Pakistan and Siberia (where it was discovered in 1988).
RAINBOW MOONSTONE: “Rainbow moonstone” is a different mineral than the stone traditionally called “moonstone” or “orthoclase moonstone.” Conventional moonstone has a milky glow to it, sometimes with a cat’s eye effect, while rainbow moonstone displays flashes of colored light, called “flash,” or “schiller.” This is the result of the light bouncing off a twinning surface – where two layers of mineral meet. Rainbow moonstone is a plagioclase feldspar and is technically a variety of labradorite, which displays a similar light phenomenon.