Make a dynamite statement with this absolutely breathtaking blue amazonite necklace! Brilliant graduated discs of gorgeous blue amazonite and a rare and unique Ethiopian copper cross make up the bold but simple palette for this sensational one-of-a-kind wearable art necklace.
Christianity was established in Ethiopia in the 4th century and since that time Ethiopians have worn neck crosses as a symbol of their faith. The crosses were often hung on a cotton blue cord called a mateb which was received at baptism. Although much more elaborate, I used these blue amazonite beads to give this piece some historical accuracy.
The Ethiopian Highlands, the longest continuous area of altitude on the whole continent of Africa, have helped to shelter Ethiopia from foreign conquest, preserving its distinct culture. Aksum, in the northeastern Highlands was a leading civilization of the ancient world and the supposed resting place for the Ark of the Covenant. The Blue Nile runs through the Highlands and is a perfect name for the flowing icy sky blue beads of this necklace.
This intriguing necklace is approximately 18" in length, but the size of the beads makes it fit more like a choker length necklace. It closes with a copper lobster clasp and has a 4" extender chain.