This tufa cast naja by Robert Chee has a natural Fox turquoise that dangles from the center. This pendant reminds us of deer antler and is so graceful. It's on the larger size too, and the bale is large enough for a think silver chain or 6-8mm beads. The color of the stone goes from deep forest green to shade of bright green turquoise, all in a golden matrix.
Size: 3.25" H x 2.25" W
Tufa Jewelry: Tufa is a volcanic stone which can be as dense as chalk which has an organic texture. The first thing a jeweler does is examine a piece of tufa for any tiny fractures. If it looks good, the tufa is cut in half and, if there is a design, it is carved into the tufa. There is a pour hole carved into the top and several narrow vents carved into each side. The two pieces are then bound together tightly and molten silver or gold is poured through the hole at the top. If there are any microscopic cracks, the tufa explodes when the metal is poured in and the process has to begin again.