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Sunday, September 20, 2009

ROCK CRYSTAL "POOLS OF LIGHT" JEWELRY

I was mildly amused last night while watching the TV show, "Law and Order" with my hubby. The villain in this episode was a female. I immediately noticed her necklace but it was my husband's comment that made me smile. He said "Notice what she's wearing on her neck"? Indeed I did. It looked like a double strand of rock crystal "pools of light" necklace. I was amused that he noticed it and even more so, that he recognized it. But then, he's always asking me what's so special about these clear "marbles". Now there's a guy for you LOL!

But yes, I must admit, true "pools of light" beads do look like clear marbles. And if you don't know, they are currently enjoying quite a revival amongst collectors. What's more, they're not easy to get and when they do come up on places like ebay for instance, they're sold quickly... and expensively! I cannot believe how high the bidding goes on necklaces. Buyers are bidding upwards of $400 and $500 for a genuine Rock crystal "Pools of light" necklace! But here's the thing: you really need to know what to look for if you're after one of these pieces or you could end up overpaying big-time.

The key thing about "pools of light" jewelry is to go for undrilled spheres. The gal in the TV show was wearing drilled ones. How do I know? You could see the thread going right through the spheres. Now the problem with drilled "pools" is they lose the marvellous refractive quality they are famous for! Undrilled "pools", when held up the light, reflect beautiful colors from any light source nearby. Once drilled, that ability is lost to some degree. So what you want to look for when buying "pools of light" rock crystal jewelry are those either bound in sterling silver or gold plate i.e. the sphere sits inside a wired case so to speak, as shown in the photo below:


The other intriguing thing about genuine "pools of light" is that items viewed through them e.g. print or anything, appear upside down and reversed. Amazing! The photo below shows this fabulous characteristic:


This characteristic is one you must look for. If the seller doesn't tell you it does this or doesn't have a photo showing it, ask. If they don't know, then maybe you should just pass on that one.

There's lots of other rock crystal jewelry out there. I have one, a bracelet, that I'll be uploading to my Ruby Lane site in the future. It's a very pretty and charming vintage piece and quite valuable. But it's not a "Pools of Light" bracelet like the one shown at the top of this post. That one is currently available in our SHOP AT RUBY LANE and as I guessed it would, it's already landed on 6 wish lists. No surprise there. My bracelet is the genuine thing. The spheres are glued onto gold-plated sterling silver bezels attached to a sterling silver chain. The spheres are not drilled. And items viewed through them appear back to front and upside down. Why not slip over and take a look at it now while it's still available. It's a real collectible! Click on the link above or the photo below and see more views of this wonderful, sought after jewelry.