London Sunburst Necklace

London Sunburst Necklace

This pendant was inspired by a ride on the London Eye. I boarded in the pouring pain but just before reaching the top, the sun came out, defecting golden light against a blue tourmaline colored sky. It was straight out of a Dickens novel and absolutely breathtaking!

The stone is a lab created blue zircon bezel set and surrounded by argentium silver granulation with 24k gold overlay. The pendant hangs from a beautiful and simple double stand chain.

Zircon lore & history:
“In the Middle Ages, this gem was thought to induce sound sleep, drive away evil spirits, and promote riches, honor, and wisdom.

Many scholars think the stone’s name comes from the Arabic word zarkun, meaning “cinnabar” or “vermilion.” Others believe the source is the Persian word zargun, or “gold colored.” Considering zircon’s color range, either derivation seems possible.

Blue zircon was a particular favorite in Victorian times, when fine gems were often featured in English estate jewelry dating from the 1880s. Gemologist George Kunz—Tiffany’s famed gem buyer—was a notable zircon advocate. He once proposed the name “starlite” to promote the gem’s fiery nature. The name never caught on.”

Pendant measurements: 14.45mm x 12.36mm
Necklace: 17 inches with lobster clasp.