Blue Goldstone Sterling Necklace
- 12mm Blue Goldstone round beads
- 8mm Blue Goldstone round beads
- Genuine 4mm Swarovski bicone crystals
- Sterling Silver Toggle clasp
- Necklace measures – 18.5” (L)
From the Bee Fabulous series, a sparkling blue necklace featuring 8mm and 12mm Blue Goldstone beads and 4mm Swarovski crystals with a sterling silver toggle clasp. It is perfect with a suit at the office, an evening out or with your favorite t-shirt and jeans. Though not a stone or gold, this manufactured "gemstone material" is known by many names: "aventurine glass," gold star glass, monkstone or monk's gold. The name aventurine glass, was sometimes used until the name aventurine was transferred to the natural gemstone Aventurine. The technical term for this glittering effect is "aventurescence." This makes goldstone one of the few manufactured materials which get its name from similar natural stones. The final two names refer to the urban legend that goldstone was created accidentally by Italian monks in the 1600s. There are earlier samples, however, including a smooth amulet from Iran that dates to the 1100s to 1200s. The earliest written reference to the material we call goldstone, however, is Vincenzo Miotti of Venice being granted exclusive license by the Venetian head of state (the Doge) to create this sparkling opaque glass. It has been linked to the medieval art of alchemy almost from its creation. Modern goldstone can be created either with copper flecks or with other metallic compounds such as manganese, cobalt or chromium oxide. These are used in goldstones made using colors (respectively) such as purple, blue and green.
Our necklaces are handcrafted using the finest materials to ensure that your necklace will be a beautiful addition to your wardrobe for many years to come. Like any fine glass, goldstone can be cleaned by dipping it in lukewarm water with a drop of detergent added. Wipe over the surface with a cotton wool ball to remove dirt. Use a soft brush for hard to reach areas. Rinse with clean water by dipping the goldstone into a bowl of lukewarm water without detergent or by wiping with a damp swab. Blot dry using paper towels or a soft cloth.