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ARTS & CRAFTS POOL of LIGHT ( Art Nouveau/Arts & Crafts Jewelry Silver “Pool of Light” Necklace ): “Pools of Light” or “Gypsy beads”, as they are sometimes called, are clear quartz crystal orbs. A real treasure, this necklace from the Arts & Crafts period (c. 1920-30) holds a large silver caged sphere suspended from a long hand crafted silver chain. The practitioners of the Arts & Crafts Movement re-interpreted the past. In jewelry the intrinsic value of the materials was of secondary importance to design and workmanship. These “pools of light” are believed to be a product of Mount Fujiyama in Japan. When the mount erupted in springtime these crystal balls found their way into stream beds where over the years they were polished as they journeyed 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 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, ball and wirework designed chain slips over your head and has a spring ring that attaches to the pool of light. A wonderfully versatile necklace, you can take off the orb and use the chain it to wear another pendant or wear the crystal orb alone. It is difficult to photograph these pools – they appear grayish in photos. Against the skin, or other hues, they take on a rainbow of guises. Alive with vibrancy of another era, I can picture Isadora Duncan wearing this necklace as she danced in the moonlight. A special treasure for a special lady. You will love it!

Condition: Excellent.
Size: Orb is 1” in diameter, chain is 31” long.

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