Sterling Silver and 18k Gold Pendant with "Rosarita" Vintage Gold-Infused Glass Slag Teardrop, Handmade
This beautiful deep red orange cabochon is from a piece of vintage gold-infused glass slag called "Rosarita". During the 1960s-1970s, Alaska beach sand was smelted for gold in open crucibles. Rosarita is a silica-based material mixed with gold at high temperatures.
Using small scraps of 18k gold, I created three small orbs and forged them into little gold nuggets. I built the sterling silver setting and added a decorated bail and the gold nuggets. Both the pendant and chain were oxidized to create a dark gunmetal-like color and enhance the texture on the pendant. I then used bronze wool to shine the high points, and added a microcrystalline wax to preserve the look of the sterling silver.
I've included a sterling silver hand stamped tag identifying the stone you're wearing. It's on an open jumpring which may be removed from the oxidized sterling silver chain if you wish.
Metal: Sterling Silver, 18k Gold
Stone: "Rosarita" Gold-Infused Glass Slag
Pendant: 1-3/8 inch long x 5/8 inch wide (35mm x 16mm)
Necklace Length: 16 inches (41cm) with a 2 inch (5cm) extender, and a pyrite (false gold) bead decoration
The necklace is hallmarked with my name on the reverse side of the tag. It'll come packaged ready for gift-giving.