Untreated Emerald handmade pendant gemstone necklace in 925 sterling silver

image shows the emerald pendant with light behind it, showing noticeable inclusions as this is an untreated and unoiled emerald - it has an almost misty opaque appearance
image shows the emerald pendant held in my hands. It is small, very artisan handmade looking and is in a sort of teardrop pear shape, the emerald is bezel set in silver, and the bail is two hoops at the top of the pendant
photo of the emerald pendant next to a ruler, it is small and measures approx 14cm in total including the bail
photo shows the back of the emerald pendant, it is open back bezel style and you can see the emerald front and back
a close up photo side profile of the emerald pendant, showing the textured sterling silver that has been used
a close up photo of the front of the pendant, showing the emerald in full. It is smooth flat cabochon cut, and shows various shades of green as it is untreated so not as 'perfect ' as the emeralds you generally see for sale.
image shows the necklace in full mlength with the included sterling silver chain it comes on. The chain is a type of trace chain, and the pendant is small, understated witha real artisan feel to it.

Beautiful emerald gemstone crystal pendant necklace handmade in 925 sterling silver

£ 120.00       One available, free shipping

Handmade in my little artisan workshop, this stunning and exquisitely shaped small gemstone pendant is full of natural beauty and wonder. The untreated emerald is from Brazil and came to me in its raw form, and after a careful hand shaping, smoothing and fingertip polish, it was securely enclosed in solid sterling silver, using the primitive-inspired hand metal forming methods I've developed. 

The result is a stunning free flowing design that plays with the seemingly chaotic yet harmonious patterns, shades and shapes of nature. It has an almost organic raw appearance, one that loves to to held, touched, and curiously enchanting to all who see it.

I've attached this one of a kind pendant on to a solid 925 sterling silver chain so you can wear it straight away, and as this is a handmade artisan item, the photos show you the exact item you'll receive.


Pendant size (including bail):  small,  14cm x 0.9cm  

Necklace Length:   47cm   (18 inches) 

Gemstone: Emerald. 

Gemstone Size: approx 8.7mm  freeform flat cabochon

Gemstone Treatment:  untreated, natural, no oiling.

Gemstone Origin: Brazil

Metal: solid 925 sterling silver 

Technical: gemstone cut and polished in UK and pendant handmade in UK. No electrical or gas powered machines were used in the creation of this pendant; I'm an artisan who enjoys using hand tools and hand powered ancient-inspired lapidary techniques to cut natural untreated gemstones and make jewellery. (Please note the chain the pendant is attached to is made in Italy).



Gemstone Knowledge

Emeralds are a beautiful green gemstone that are formed deep within the Earth through a process involving heat, pressure, and the presence of specific elements and other minerals. It is a green variety of mineral beryl (of which aquamarine is a type of blue beryl, and morganite is a type of pink beryl). A green beryl becomes an emerald when its colour becomes so saturated and intense (caused by traces of vanadium or chromium in it, along with sometimes traces of iron, which can give a more blue-green tone), that gemological institutions and jewellery industry practice determine that a particular shade of green beryl is now good enough to be classed as 'emerald' shade (there are colour grading charts for this) and so it becomes an emerald. All emeralds are green beryls, but not all green beryls make the 'grade' to be called emeralds (I actually love green beryls as much as emeralds - their shade is a gorgeous pastel or pale mint green colour due to only smaller amounts of chromium or vanadium in it, and you do see them set occasionally set into jewellery though not as often as emeralds).

Emeralds can form in various geological settings. Most well known is emerald formation in pegmatites, which are coarse-grained igneous rocks. The beryl mineral in these pegmatites interacts with elements like chromium or vanadium during the cooling process, leading to the growth of emerald crystals. Emeralds are also associated with metamorphic rocks such as schist and gneiss; the heat and pressure in these rocks provide an environment where beryl can transform into emerald. Hydrothermal processes (involving hot fluids moving through rocks) can contribute to emerald formation; these fluids carry elements that influence the colouration of beryl, resulting in the creation of emerald crystals in fractures or voids. Finally, over time, emeralds can be weathered out of their original rocks and transported to alluvial deposits, such as river gravels, where they accumulate and can be picked ny hand from the river itself. 

Emeralds are probably the best known green gemstone and revered by royalty for their rarity and beauty throughout the world for millennia. Noticeable inclusions and surface marks are normal and expected, so they usually receive a treatment called 'oiling' (or occasionally filling with resin) to create a smoother and more aesthetically pleasing looking gemstone - unoiled or untreated emeralds are uncommon and sought after. Emeralds are a traditional birthstone of May, and also a 20th, a 35th, and 55th anniversary stone. 

Emerald care: to keep this gorgeous gemstone in good condition for years to come, it's best to store it away from harder gems (such as diamond, sapphire or ruby) to avoid it being scratched. It also benefits from being wrapped up well when not in use, as some types of emerald will fade if kept in direct sunlight for a long period of time. Emerald can be cleaned by gently wiping it with a damp cloth, drying immediately afterward. Avoid exposing it to heavy knocks as this may crack the stone. 



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