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Solar eclipse necklace, tektite, 23 karat gold leaf, lava stone, gilded jewelry, Oregon Artist, Jan Maitland, Jan Maitland jewelry
Solar Eclipse - Baily's Beads
Gilded Jewelry
18.5

"Solar Eclipse - Baily's Beads" Necklace in 23-Karat Gold on Lava, Tektite, Czech Glass

I've hand-gilded lava stone with 23-Karat gold leaf, tektite terrestrial stone, gold Czech glass, and toggle clasp along with my signature tag. The design is asymmetrical, and the tektite beads are all unique having slightly different size and shapes from each other.

The gold beads represent Baily's Beads . . . during a total solar eclipse, as the light from the sun is blocked, these points of light begin to appear as sunlight streams through the valleys of the moon's horizon.

The word tektite comes from the Greek word "tektos" which means molten. Whether the meteorite explodes in the air or upon impact, what we call tektite stone is thrown out from the explosive force.

An elegant statement piece, and impression of the total solar eclipse, August, 2017!

The necklace measures 18.5 ".