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CRYSTAL “POOLS OF LIGHT” ( Vintage Jewelry “Pools of Light” Crystal Necklace ): A real treasure, this quartz crystal and silver necklace (c. 1920) holds a large circular orb known as a “pool of light”. It is believed that the source of these beads is the northern slope of Mount Fujiyama in Japan. They are a product of the mount when it erupts in springtime. The crystals then find their way into the stream beds where, over the years, they are polished as they journey over pebbles into the foothill river beds. Finally they were polished to perfection in the lapidary shops of Kofu. Traditionally they have been treasured – especially by the Chinese who believe that good luck resides in the inner recesses of these orbs. “Pools” were never drilled because it was believed that drilling allowed the good luck to pour out of the crystal. The supply of these wonderful crystals seemed to exhaust itself in the 1930’s.

This silver link necklace from the 1920’s is just a delight. There are 13 faceted crystal beads on a finely worked chain tapering down to the crystal orb. The necklace slips over your head. The “pool of light” itself is encircled by an ornate floral surround made of brass. It is difficult to photograph these orbs – they have a grayish appearance in photos. Against the skin or other hues they take on a rainbow of guises. Alive with the vibrancy of another era, the timeless beauty of this antique necklace dances with light. I can see this necklace at one of Gatsby’s moonlight parties glittering and swinging in the air as the band strikes up another dance tune. You will love it!!

Condition: Excellent. No inclusions, no chips.
Size: Chain is 31” long, “pool of light” is 1” in diameter.

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