This 18" necklace was made by internationally known Scottish jewelry artist Jan Calligan. The focal bead is a 56x32x10mm Picasso Marble shield custom cut by acclaimed lapidary artist David V. Horste of DVHdesigns. Jan carefully selected the other various elements in this piece to showcase the central pendant and make this into a true one of a kind piece of beaded art jewelry. The jet and new jade beads and spacers, along with sterling silver toggle clasp create a wonderful look!
One of the amazing things about this stone is that it has amazing patterns which emulate a landscape with trees or branches and bands of the earth. This particular stone is especially unusual in that it has a white band.
Jan Calligan lives and works in Scotland, although her fascination with gems has taken her around the world. The first steps she made into the jewelry world were in the 1990's with some simple silver fabrication classes. While she is quite knowledegable about colored gemstones, she has made her primary focus the exotic world of extremely diverse and uniquely cut semi-precious gemstone beads and cabochons. To this end she has collected the work of DVHdesigns for over 10 years. Also, since 2007 she has made the annual pilgrimage to the Gem and Mineral shows of Tucson to find the best, the brightest, and the most unusual in the world of gemstone beads, cabs, and findings to add to her artistic beading pallette. DVHdesigns is proud to offer a diverse selection of some of Jan's custom strung, beaded necklaces that showcase our one of a kind centerpiece beads. See our other listings for more of her work as well as David's focal beads and jet mourning beads!