The teardrop shaped stone in this sterling silver necklace is a rare Pietersite stone. Pietersite is an aggregate comprised mostly of hawk's eye and tiger's eye. Pietersite from Namibia was first described in 1962 by Sid Pieters, who named it in his father's honor.
I chose to make a minimalist setting in order to show off as much of the stone as possible. I made the bezel from sterling silver flat wire and cut notches in it to make tabs to hold the stone in place. The unique wire bail accentuates the setting.
Choose to hang the pendant from a sterling silver box chain or a "chain" made from 3 strands of black, waxed polyester cord. Waxed polyester cord is durable, soft and flexible. Both chains are adjustable in length from 16" - 20". Can't decide on a chain? Choose both! They are really easy to swap no matter the look you want.
Pendant measures 1 1/4" wide x 1 1/2" long.
Pietersite Pendant Necklace
To maintain the beauty of your handmade jewelry I recommend not wearing it while exercising or showering. Excess sweat and chemicals can quickly tarnish your piece. Natural oxidation will occur over time on all Sterling Silver, Brass and Copper jewelry. Wearing them often is the best way to keep them looking good. Friction from everyday wear actually helps polish the metal. If tarnish occurs, your piece can be cleaned with a jewelry polishing cloth.