pearls, rhodonite, and Bali silver
I made this piece in 2006, when I first began to need a pair of drug store readers, but couldn't bring myself (yet) to admit it! Now I use them all the time and no longer need this pretty piece, so it is the next item up looking for a new home.
This is what I wrote at the time:
I do not need glasses...yet! But there are times when the print is just too small. This handy magnifier is actually a powerful antique optical test lens, dangling from a gorgeous strand of purple, pink, garnet, and black. The lens is French, from a test set made in the late 1800s. Isn't that the coolest thing? The lens "strength" is etched on the glass. The necklace is a 24 inch long continuous strand to slip over your head. Keep this one handy! It is a one-of-a-kind original.