This necklace is about a number of interesting, elements, each a story in itself.
To begin with, there are two strands of beads. One is of whisky coloured amber nuggets (8 mm). This is followed by the large copal beads (20 mm by 12.5 mm). Copal is simply a much younger amber. Amber can by 15 million years old. While copal is a mere 1 million to 250 years old. Both are formed from the resin of trees and then hardened over time.
Interspersed with the copal beads are four wonderfully intricate vintage, handmade brass beads from Turkestan, inlaid with carnelian(20 mm).
At the centre of the copal strand are two vintage lost wax brass beads from West Africa (13.5 mm).
Hanging between these brass beads is the vintage, handmade gold plated pendant from Afghanistan. The panel has embossed on the front, a female portrait, designed in the Hellenistic style, with flowing locks, a high waisted dress with a scoop neck to reveal a necklace around her neck.
The Afghani have been crafting gold for centuries. When Alexander the Great came to Afghanistan, his people brought many skills, one of which was working in gold. But the Greek craftsman brought their Hellenistic designs as well as their techniques. This gold plated pendant has worn to a soft, subtle gold, which complements the Turkestan and African beads.
The two stands come together at the back of the necklace with labradorite cylinders.
I have used a gold on silver toggle clasp. Toggle clasps are easy to use and secure. My silver name label is attached at the clasp.
The necklace comes, like all my necklaces, with it's own colour co-ordinated silk brocaded pouch bag, made by the Shanghai tailor.
The necklace is 18 ½ inches long with a 1 ½ inch pendant drop.
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