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Beaded Gemstone Necklaces

Exquisite one-of-a-kind handmade beaded gemstone necklaces by jewelry designer John S. Brana feature hand-selected semi-precious gemstones that create wearable works of art.  The Barbary Coast beaded gemstone necklace collection features a wide variety of textures and colors along with John's signature tri-color palate.  Shop from an extensive collection of beaded gemstone necklaces that include: African Opal, Amazonite, Apatite, Carnelian, Chalk Turquoise, Citrine, Garnet, Onyx, and Prehnite.

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Necklaces with Barbary Flair

 

As Europeans began to travel along the western coast of Africa during the 17th century, they quickly discovered the beautiful jewelry made by African artists. The pieces were very different than the basic glittering gemstone necklaces that were popular on the European continent and in Britain, as they featured beads and other natural materials that were boldly colored and exciting to the eye. When these necklace styles were introduced to Europe, they truly changed western jewelry design. Named after the historic term for the west coast of Africa, the John S. Brana Barbary Coast collection features elaborate beaded designs that show off gorgeous natural materials, putting a modern twist on those historic jewelry pieces. The line includes a selection of gorgeous necklaces that are handmade from premium precious gems.

 

Selecting the Right Size

 

As you begin to explore the John S. Brana Handmade Jewelry Barbary Coast necklaces, you'll find that a variety of sizes are included in the range. The shortest pieces measure 16 inches in length, while the longest are 24 inches long. Some of the necklaces have hook clasps, so that they can be adjusted for length. These statement pieces are great choices if you're looking for a necklace that you can wear with different necklines. If you know what size you're looking for, click the check box at the left to show only the styles that will meet your needs.

 

Choosing the Perfect Color

 

The necklaces in the John S. Brana Handmade Jewelry Barbary Coast collection show different approaches to color. Some pieces feature materials that are all from the same color family. These necklaces are a great choice for adding an accent color to a monotone ensemble, for brightening up neutrals or for bringing out a single color in prints and patterns. You'll also find pieces that combine multiple colors in the collection.

 

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