Nangka Wood Turquoise Pendant Necklace:
Exotic and soulful, this awesome bohemian tribal necklace is primarily composed of natural mustard color large wood beads and a giant Chinese turquoise donut pendant. Long and dramatic, this original handmade necklace will add soul and flavor to anything you wear. Natural browns and yellows of the nangka wood beads make a wonderful contrast to the heavily matrixed blue and black turquoise stone, with a single African brass bead and natural leather cord making a harmonious transition between the light and dark tones of the piece.
The nangka wood beads are handcarved from the nangka, or jackfruit tree found in the Philippines. Although mostly mustard in color, these beads have a nice natural wood gradient and texture that makes the color tones vary from bead to bead. This color variation and unpredictability adds to the rugged, almost primitive appeal of the necklace.
The Chinese turquoise donut is hand cut and carved in the Hubei province in China, where the turquoise is known for its dark spider web-like matrixing. There is a great variation in color from this dark colored stone to a lighter blue and even green, so no two of these oversize donuts will be the same.
Completely unique and exotic, the woven brass bead is made in a village near Kumasi, Ghana. These amazingly intricate and soulful 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. Although these appear to be ancient beads, they are actually newly made in Ghana.
This magnificent necklace closes with a swivel brass lobster clasp and is 32 inches in length and has a 4" extender chain. You can slip it right over your head or double it up and make it a chunky two strand piece. It looks great either way! This fun, versatile and naturally elegant piece will become a favorite in any jewelry collection.