Necking

October 11, 2012 § 3 Comments

Some people don’t wear earrings. Hard for me to fathom, but it’s true. As much as I can spend my entire life just delving into creating earbobs, every now and then I have to create something for some other part of the body. Lately it’s been the neck. I’ve been “necking”, and getting more exploratory than before.

But first, did you know that necking has several meanings besides you know?

Usual Definition of Necking

Or what giraffes do:

Necking Giraffes

It’s also used in architecture:

Necking In A Column

In engineering for testing tensile strength:

Tensile Strength Test Necking

In making rubies better looking (by “flux healing” the fractures):

Necking down of a void
During healing, as the process continues (left to right), contraction bubbles form and then become larger as the void becomes more spherical. The degree of healing in flux-healed Mong Hsu rubies is so great that the flux remnants are often quite rounded, complete with contraction bubbles.

(Note: I rarely buy rubies, I never really know what the heck they’re doing to them)

Necking actually has nothing to do with what I’m doing .
Lame segue (I know) here are some necklaces I’ve been working on:

Emerald Cut Morganite Necklace with Green Garnet Briolettes & Freshwater Pearls

Rhodochrosite Stalactite Slice Necklace with Pyrite and Tourmaline Briolettes

Oregon Fire Opal Necklace with Stalactite Slice, Sapphire Briolettes & An Australian Opal

Amethyst ‘Rock Candy” Necklace

Rose Cut Amethyst & Stalactite Slice Necklace with Crystal Quartz Points

Australian Opal Pink Tourmaline & Pyrite Necklace

Because I’m such a fountain of information, I’m going to bring you down with this last tidbit: In South Africa, the term “necklace” refers to a torturous style killing. I’ll spare you the details.

 

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