Vertical Alignment Solar System necklace with Saturn's Rings - £90
MERCURY - haematite
VENUS - soochow jade
EARTH - apatite
MARS - red agate
JUPITER - red banded agate
SATURN - wood jasper
Saturn's rings - polished haematite
URANUS - amazonite
NEPTUNE - blue banded agate
Created to represent the colour and the relationship of size between each planet.
Of course both Saturn and Jupiter would be larger than represented here - as Jupiter would contain all the other planets in our solar system together and the bead would have to be the size of a tennis ball! So, for this necklace Saturn and Jupiter are represented as smaller versions.
The pendant is strung on 19 strand jewellery wire and crimped at each end. In between each gemstone bead there are various sizes of sterling silver tubes and beads.
Sterling silver snake chain: - 16" (40cm) long
Pendant: - 6.9" (17.5cm) long & 1.18" (3cm) wide
I've asked four international bead buyers to look for gemstone beads that must be the correct size, colour and direction of stripyness - in the case of Jupiter. Of course they have to be matt too - the planets are not shiny! (Although sometimes the beads become shiny with wear.)
The image shown here is an example of the necklace and as all the pieces are created from natural gemstones they will differ from piece to piece. I do endeavour to use beads that look appropriate.