Three aventurine beads are protected by textured silver guards, almost like sword hilts swinging from your ears.
aventurine beads, glass beads, sterling silver
Aventurine (not 'adventurine') is a semi-translucent, somewhat shimmery stone that comprised of quartz and other minerals. It can be many colors, but is most often shades of green due to chromium-type mineral inclusions.
Silver, oh silver. This lustrous white metal is amazing - more reflective than gold, more conductive than copper and just plain gorgeous. When used for jewelry, silver is mixed with copper or zinc to provide more durability and reduce tarnishing. Fine silver is 99.9% silver while sterling silver is 92.5%. Other alloys are used for specific processes, such as reticulation (80% silver). All silver will tarnish over time, but can be easily cleaned and polished.