Gemstone Necklaces

Clothing fashions may change, but people have prized natural gemstones as adornments for thousands of years. Warm amber, lustrous coral and elegant jade have been favourite materials for jewellery since the pharaohs draped themselves with beaded gemstone necklaces as visible signs of their wealth. Semi precious gemstone necklaces bring that ancient beauty into the modern age with new techniques in shaping and polishing.

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The old method of crafting gemstone bead necklaces took months of work with copper awls, making them too costly for anyone but the elite to wear. Today's lapidary techniques can now create perfect, symmetrical beads hand-threaded to create elegant patterns in varied shapes and colours. Handmade gemstone necklaces combine precisely machined craftsmanship with an individual artist's eye for harmony. Alternating patterns of gemstone beads and gold or silver rondelles look regal enough for a Roman empress, yet fresh and contemporary enough for tomorrow's dinner date.
 

Handmade gemstone necklaces from Eternal Collection

While materials for ancient gemstone bead necklaces were constrained to the limits of the maker's rough tools, modern versions vastly increase the range of gemstones that can become gorgeous jewellery. Semi precious gemstone necklaces in harder materials such as colourful quartz, silvery hematite and elegant onyx take their place alongside more workable materials like turquoise and jade. New colours allow artisans to create handmade gemstone necklaces in a wild profusion of hues to flatter any outfit. Not even the wealthiest pharaoh could have had the gorgeous range of colours available today.
 

Chic gemstone pendant necklaces

Beading is a venerable jewellery technique, but more ancient still is the single pendant necklace. Necklaces adorned with amber and carnelian have been found in prehistoric caches, but they look just as beautiful to modern eyes. Gemstone pendant necklaces flatter a deeply plunging neckline or a high one equally well, adding visual interest with a strikingly clean-lined and contemporary design. With a rainbow of hues, gemstone pendants can match or contrast with any outfit. Change up your gemstone pendant necklaces by threading them on coloured ribbons, satin cords or silver chains to suit your fancy; you'll expand your jewellery wardrobe effortlessly.

While an ancient empress might have worn ropes of beaded gemstone necklaces at once as a display of power, you might prefer to combine just a few at a time. Single strands of gemstone beading look smart with a jewel neckline, while a tiered pair of necklaces creates face-framing interest with a deeper neckline. Wear versatile long beaded gemstone necklaces in a single length, knot them to your desired length or loop them to form a double strand.

Be the latest in a long line of stylish and regal women to embrace the beauty of natural gemstone necklaces.

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