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Victorian Rock Crystal Pools of Light Necklace

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A lovely rock crystal necklace with silver connections which wrap over each rock crystal. It was made circa 1880. “Pools of light” crystal orbs were wire wrapped instead of drilling, in order to keep the orbs intact. When you place a crystal orb on top of something, instead of looking through it, the light going into the orb from its surroundings still experiences that same lens-based refractive effect and so the light that comes out is diffused but it is also somewhat focused. Thus, a “pool of light” appears on whatever surface is immediately adjacent to the orb.
That is why undrilled pools of light necklaces are much preferred and are more expensive.
In Chinese tradition, each crystal orb contains a bit of chi (good energy) within it, which would escape and be lost if the orb were to be drilled or otherwise damaged. Naturally it’s best to be wearing as much good chi as one possibly can!

Written by Olly Gerrish


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Very Good




Silver Rock Crystal


Unmarked, tested to silver


Length 92 cm
Diameter of crystal balls 13 mm

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