Afghanistan Serpentine/ Bowenite Disc/ Saucer Shape Beads
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Afghanistan Serpentine/ Bowenite Disc/ Saucer Shape Beads.
Bowenite is a hard, compact variety of the Serpentinite. Classed as semi-precious gem stone, it has been used for tools, weapons and jewellery by the Māori in New Zealand, and for jewellery by Fabergé. Deposits are found in several places around the world including Afghanistan, China, New Zealand, South Africa and the United States. It typically ranges in colour from dark green to light olive green, and in shades approaching yellow. Bowenite was named by James D. Dana in 1850 after George T. Bowen, who analyzed it in 1822.
Together with Nephrite Jade, the Māori class Bowenite as Pounamu, which is also known as "Greenstone". Historically it was used for tools, weapons and ornaments.
- Sold as 18" long necklace
- Beads measure approx.12 - 24mm
- Nylon cord, Sterling silver clasp
- Met cost to custom specifications is $145 per necklace