Hubei Turquoise and Wood Bead Necklace with Handmade Copper Beads


Hubei Turquoise and Wood Bead Necklace with Handmade Copper Beads- Genuine turquoise - not colored stones, not plastic, not howlite - from the Hubei Mine in China. Gorgeous nuggets with a myriad of greens and a touch of blue in each and every bead - each nugget is different! I do love my turquoise! For this chunky necklace, I paired the nuggets with dark wood beads, interspersed with tiny copper bicones and spacers. Love the look of wood and turquoise!

I also crafted some "potato chip beads" from copper sheet. These beads earn their slang term from how they stack together, like the popular potato chip found in a can. The beads are cut from copper sheet metal, textured, and curved by hand - I love to add this element of hand made to my designs when I can. The necklace fastens securely with an simple clasp that I forged from heavy gauge solid copper - the opposing side of the clasp has been soldered closed for added security.

I have added a patina to the copper elements, buffed by hand, and tumbled to achieve a bit of rustic shine.

Measurements: Overall length: 22 inches;  Hubei Turquoise Nuggets: largest is approximately 21 mm in length; Dark Wood Beads:  12mm round. 

This is such a beautiful Statement Turquoise necklace to be enjoyed for years to come!

Jewelry is made using traditional metalworking techniques, including soldering, filing, sanding, texturing, polishing, and tumbling in my home studio. Jewelry comes wrapped in a cotton-lined gift box and ships quickly. Please feel free to contact me with any questions.  


NOTE: 100% of the proceeds from the sale of this necklace will be donated to Miracle Horse Rescue, a 501(c)3 Non-Profit Organization. From the bottom of my heart, thank you for helping me help those who cannot help themselves!