These are teeny tiny gems attached on the daintiest of chains. From the left you see moss agate in an opaque variety, next to it a flat drop which is also a moss agate but a sheer one. Then follows yellow chalcedony and labradorite.
The labradorite’s color seems very weak in the pictures but the stone actually had a nice green flash. You know, days with lots of sun ray are rare in Cologne and I had to use artificial light and adjust the brightness additionally in post. Though I love it when labradorite has not too much of that mercury like sheen. Just a little bit is enough for that refined modern appearance.
Fortunately the other stones come out perfectly as they were. I like that moss agate can seem just as if scooped out from a granite stone as the speckles can be quite similar.
For a long time many of these not so expensive gem qualities got mostly only cut into cabochon shapes which I absolutely dislike. I still see a lot of jewelry with cabochon gems around and find it very outdated. With a cut like that the true beauty of a gem can’t shine. The reason is that even with a faceted cut there is not much money to make per piece for the work and skill that go into the cutting. Also except for rocks like diamond or sapphire solidity is a problem. Quartz, opals and others can chip easily and need reshaping from time to time.
Today factory cutting techniques have evolved and now we see that even the tiniest stones receive beautifying treatment which go nicely with must have dainty chains.
Necklaces by Apricot Room.