Last week, I told you about my friend caught between her Mom and Grandma. Here's Part II, where I show you what Mom ended up getting.
Mom was pretty happy, I hear. The stone is called pietersite. I can't remember the country of origin, though the vendor was Chinese (off of eBay). That means nothing -- the stone was likely from Africa somewhere. What you can't see from the photo is how the stone shimmers. It's an effect called chatoyancy, and it's similar to the inner sparkle of cat's eye. Only this is flecked, rather than having a straight, eye-like slit.
Rarer pietersite's are in shades of blue, but those are out of my price range. The fancy wire used as a bail (the thingee you stick the necklace through) came that way. I hammered the edges of the pendant with the tiniest ball-peen hammer you ever saw.
I earned 100 bucks from the pair of pendants, which kept me in Starbucks for quiet a while.