Hand Faceted Rock Crystal Necklace Rosebud stringing and dimension and texture as the beads are strung side to side. This is a Vintage exquisite-One-of-a-Kind Necklace dating from the 1950's.
Rock Crystal is the name given to all clear colorless quartz. It is widely used as a popular ornamental stone and is also used as a gemstone. Cut rock crystal has been used as imitation diamonds. Rock crystal lacks the fire, color (of course) and the rarity to be ranked as a fine precious gemstone. None-The-less, rock crystal is in wide use as a gemstone due to its beauty, affordability, availability, and ease of cutting.
The most common use for rock crystal is in ornamental carvings. A well known ornamental carving for rock crystal is the crystal ball of fortune telling fame. It is difficult to find large crystals of quartz with the clarity and size required for the crystal balls that we normally associate with fortune tellers. Some of the most expensive and beautiful quality chandeliers are outfitted with rock crystal pendants.
Rock crystal can have the colorless clarity of pure water, unlike ordinary window glass which is a pale green. We are most familiar with Lead Crystal - which is used by Baccarat, Lalique and Waterford. Lead Crystal is manmade, Rock Crystal is natural & mined. Rock Crystal is cold to the touch and much less accessible in finely made items. Rock crystal is an alternate and traditional birthstone for the month of April. Quartz is often associated with balance, clarity, and energy.
Here is a Rock Crystal Necklace of unusual Cut and Brilliance Each bead is a squared and deep teardrop.The holes are drilled near the top of the teardrop and are strung side to side called "Rosebud" Stringing Because the top of each bead is much narrower than the bottom the beads do not lie flat and Create almost a ruffle effect that circles the neck. This has two strands of these same beads with a tiny sterling bead between each crystal. The clasp is a huge heavy jumpring made of sterling silver. The silver has been tested, but I cannot locate a stamp or signature. Each bead is 6 1/2mm x 11mm x 5mm in depth. These are exceptionally large and beautifully shaped beads, each hand faceted and no two beads are identical in cut or shape. Total length is 19" and depth between 2" and 3" when worn. I have seen and owned some exceptional pieces of Rock Crystal in my many years spent in the Jewelry Business, This, I think is one of the most beautiful. Don't forget that DAVID WEBB is famous for using Rock Crystal in his most valuable and collectible designs.