This fun one-of-a-kind handcrafted artisan necklace is full of character and unique components and textures. This mixed media design features a great mix of old and new elements all brought together with beautiful sterling silver wire work.
I designed this fantastic necklace around the 3 old Venetian millefiori "African" glass trade beads. The beads are historically called African trade beads, as they were created in Venice during the European expansion period beginning in the early 1800’s with the sole purpose of trading them to Africa for gold, ivory, palm oil and slaves. Millefiori is an Italian word meaning "one thousand flowers" and it specifically refers to the multi-layered wound mosaic glass beads which were produced prolifically in Venice during this time period. These beads were made much the same way that cane beads are made today, but more crudely. They have a less finished look which gives them so much natural character and individuality. You can almost feel the history of these beads as you look at them and touch them. They are old beads that have been traded in history showing their age and use with some imperfections such as chipping and pitting.
The large silver focal bead is an old bead from Ethiopia, handcrafted and full of soul! The other components include turquoise, cobalt glass from Tibet, saffron yellow magnesite discs, Thai bronze washers and turquoise blue leather.
This necklace measures 20" around the neck closing with a gorgeous sterling silver s-hook clasp and 5" of additional chain. The tassel portion is about 11" long.
I designed this beautiful, one-of-a-kind artisan choker necklace around the stunning, ornate brass bead from Ghana. This bead was handmade by the Ashanti tribe of Kumasi, Ghana using the "lost wax" method which has been passed down from generation to generation for centuries. These beads are made, one by one, by weaving wax "wires" into a form, investing them in clay, burning out the wax and pouring molten brass into the mold. Each mold is hand made making each bead slightly different from the next, and each having it's own wonderful character.
This unique and exotic necklace also features 3 stunning, large natural turquoise nuggets that have a beautiful palette of blues and browns, 3 large vintage resin beads, one honey gold amber and the other two saffron yellow, an exotic Tibetan silver and amber resin bead, a hammered copper bead from the Karen Hill Tribe in the northern mountains of Thailand and green patinaed terra cotta beads from Greece.
This dramatic necklace is made to fit as a choker and has a 4" chain extender to adjust for size.
Thanks so much for all of your business over the year! Here's 25% off to treat yourself to that piece you saw and wanted when you were shopping for everyone else! Use coupon code HAPPY2018 to get 25% off orders placed between now and Tuesday, January 9th.
This will be the last chance to get many of my jewelry designs, as I am going to be putting my energy into creating new designs, rather than recreating past ones and only my new designs will be available for purchase on my website. I will continue to have a gallery of my past designs for inspiration and will certainly continue to create custom pieces as well.
I also will be selling a selection of beads on my website in the near future.
Thanks again! Kelly
I never offer 40% OFF, so take advantage of this one time offer between now and Tuesday. Get yourself that piece you've been wanting and get some gifts too!
This applies to all orders placed online by Tuesday, November 28th at 11:59pm EST!
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