SOLD OUT 1990's Navajo Bea Tom Amethyst Pendant Necklace
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Stunning handcrafted vintage Amethyst pendant by Navajo jewellery artist Bea Tom. Teardrop pendant with a large slider bail, a faceted amethyst teardrop in the centre in a rope style setting. Comes with a vintage fine link chain.
Chain 40cm Pendant 2.6cm x 4cm (including bale)
Pendant Bea Tom, Sterling. Chain 925
Amethyst, Sterling Silver
Spectacular vintage condition. Shows mild wear commensurate with age, no dings or chips, will come with some patina, as level of polish is a matter of taste. Has a handcrafted look to it - amazing vintage necklace.
About this Piece
Sterling is an alloy of silver containing at least 92.5% pure silver (925 parts of 1000 thus the 925 stamp), the remainder is made up of a mix of metals (most commonly copper) used to make the metal workable. Pure silver is generally considered too soft to work with, although you can find silver jewellery at 950 or 980, even the occasional 99.9% fine silver, which can be work-hardened to increase durability.
Amethyst is a purple, lilac or violet variety of quartz, formed in geodes (a small gas cavity in rock lined in crystals), the presence of Iron during formation determines the depth of it's colour. Amethyst is popular in Mexican vintage jewellery and it is always used with variations and inclusions in the stone.