Candy Necklace - Sunset
Inspired by a favorite candy growing up, my sparkly Candy Necklace collection combines a wide variety of precious and semi-precious gemstones. This one reflects the colors of the sun setting with yellow and bright pink sapphires and rare orange Mandarin and even rarer red-violet Malaia garnets and a 22 kt gold plated Sun pendant. Accented with 22kt gold plated beads. 14 kt gold filled chain and clasp. 18½"
Discovered in the 1960s in the Umba Valley in Tanzania, these pink gems were called malaia, Swahili for "out of the family." Miners who were being paid to search for violet rhodolite garnet literally set aside these finds. At that time, they didn't fit into any known garnet varieties. When Malaia garnets came to the attention of the gem world in the 1970s they quickly became popular and valuable.