Jade pendant necklace, 'Secluded Beauty' (Guatemala)

Alluring, exotic jade excites the mind, conjuring images of some undiscovered treasure lying deep inside the jungle, waiting to be found. Jade in a dark green color is at the heart of Guatemalan artisan Estuardo Jimenez's design of this magnificent sterling silver pendant necklace. Estuardo comments, "Since I was young I liked to work with my uncles and other artisans in the workshop, watching the way they handled jade stones and silver until they finished a piece. As a child, I was curious to learn and do as the others, working on my own pieces. Maybe my jewelry wasn t the prettiest, but my parents motivated me and applauded my efforts." Now an adult, Estuardo conceives of and hand-crafts the necklace which features five cabochon bezel-set jade stones in irregular geometric shapes. A sterling silver bar chain which closes with a toggle clasp hosts the jade stone pendant. With its modern flair, this lustrous necklace works just as well for the office as for a special night out.