Posted 5 years ago
In April I found this amazing howlite bracelet at the Long Beach swapmeet. The cabochon stones are thick, captured in a 1/4" frame of "silver". I was told it was sterling silverplate over base metal. It was not expensive and the stones and quality so beautiful - I had no problem with it. I believe this is from India - a new technique using colored stones that I've seen at my favorite wholesale venues GemFaire and Tucson for the past few years. I've seen "garnet red/pink, chyrsophase green, turquoise, also mixed with pearls and druzies". I prefer this that shows the untreated natural howlite. It's framed beautifully not glued in.
I think your necklace is like mine - silverplate - but the maker stamped it 925. Also, your howlite "turquoise" nuggets are not secured into this lovely necklace very well. You could carefully pinch each with a plastic nose pliers or apply a dab of glue to each.