This awesome and powerful warrior style necklace features gorgeous serpentine, exotic and ethnic jali carved bone tubes, rugged African brass, Kenyan natural bone and a great ancient-looking metal stylized arrowhead. All of these fascinating components from all over the world come together harmoniously in this enchanting one-of-a-kind piece of handcrafted artisan jewelry.
The heishi-cut serpentine beads in this necklace along with the mottled hues of green can make one see where this particular gemstone got its name. The word serpentine means "snake-like" and historically, this stone was thought to protect the wearer from snake bites. Serpentine has been confused with jade throughout history, so it is hard to get an accurate idea of where it is mined. Every source says something different, but I think I can at least say it can be found in many locations throughout the world, with the U.S. being one of them.
Exotic hand-carved bone tubes, each a miniature artwork of their own, add immense character to this primitive style neckpiece giving it authentic ethnic appeal. These 3" long beads are handmade in India from water buffalo bone. They are carved with a "jali" design which is a Hindi term used for perforated stone or latticed screen.
African brass bicone beads from Cameroon add a wonderful rustic and ancient flavor to this world-inspired necklace. These beads as well as the weathered rings at the ends of the necklace strands are a mix of newly made and old beads. The newer beads are hand forged by pounding while the older beads were cast. They are individually made so each one is unique. They are antiqued, rough and inexact making them very exotic and ancient-looking. The rings are from the Gongola State of Nigeria. Also from Africa are the natural bone beads at the necklace ends which are hand-carved in Kenya from cow bone.
The awesome arrowhead pendant is approximately 3 inches long and is etched with Native American style markings. However, I do not know where this particular component comes from. It looks so similar to the metal from which the Ethiopian Coptic crosses are cut, and that is typically Maria Theresa dollars, which is mostly silver mixed with a small amount of copper. Regardless of where it is from, this is an awesome rugged and powerful pendant and it makes a great warrior necklace.
This distinctly original piece of artisan jewelry closes with a giant brass lobster clasp and can be adjusted from 22 to 28 inches in length.
- Green serpentine heishe
- Exotic hand-carved antiqued bone cones
- Kenyan handcarved natural bone beads
- African brass beads from Cameroon
- White metal arrowhead pendant
- African antique brass rings
- Giant brass lobster clasp
- Solid brass jump rings
- Solid copper jump rings
- Copper wire
- Antiqued copper oval curb chain
Length: 22" + 3" pendant* I make every piece of jewelry myself with gemstones and natural materials I get from all over the world. Due to the nature and availability of the materials, each piece of jewelry will vary slightly from the original. Every piece will be equally beautiful and every piece is an original work of art.