Iolite Love Bead Necklace | Hand-Ground | Beautiful Multi-Blues
$149.00 - $179.00
Iolite: All the Blues
This beautiful semi-precious gemstone flashes with all the blues from Prussian Blue to soft, Sky Blue and Violet. Our raw iolite necklace is a luxurious update to a bohemian classic. The unpolished, sea glass finish softens and highlights the luscious, varied, natural blue colors.
Calling all rebels, bohemians, peacemakers and freethinkers. Return to the Summer of Love with our new, grown-up love beads. We improved a vintage, hippy classic with high quality, hand-ground semi-precious gemstone beads. The unisex design features a small, caviar size with an incredible, hand ground, unpolished beach glass finish. Made for another time of change when uniqueness, spirit and freedom were valued.
This exclusive-to-us product took two and a half years to develop. We’re proud that our update has the same independent spirit as the 60s originals-but with a fresh, modern, natural, non-gendered look. The unpolished finish delivers soft, modern color that magnifies the gemstone’s organic, mineral nature.
How to Wear
Layer one for soft, modern color. Stack and style them together or with other jewellery for a curated, bohemian vibe. Our love beads look great as a wrist wrap, too. These gemstone love beads are exclusive to Greige as part of a triple-brand collaboration with Jaipure and PurHerbals.
Length: Sizes are fixed at either 18 inches (fits most women and many men) or 24 inches (fits almost anyone).
This is a completely handmade product. Unlike machine turned beads, sizes and the unpolished finish will vary.
Clasp: .925 sterling silver clasp with an oxidized | antique finish | lobster claw
Indian jewelry uses very traditional, old-school hand skills passed down from family-to-family. These generationally learned, heritage skills are exacting, intense, daredevil work. Irreplaceable. Craftspeople start by saw-cutting the gemstones into small cubes. The next step is to turn the cut cubes into round beads by hand sanding the edges on a grinding wheel. Next, the beads go into a vibrating machine that knocks off small edges for a more uniform finish. Next, the beads are individually drilled, then strung on a stainless wire for on-the-go lifestyles. Finished with a blackened sterling clasp. Hand ground in Jaipur, India-the world capital of gemstone cutting. Imported
Care for your love beads the way you would care for any fine jewelry. Your body's oils may absorb into the unpolished finish to make it slightly more reflective. If you want to restore some of the original finish, wash the beads with gentle jewelry cleaner or soap.
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