This is a bit of a conversation piece, this antique Edwardian/Victorian cheroot holder. It conjures up a rather stylish image of someone holding it while at an outdoor restaurant, and I’m not a smoker. It’s just rather chic, and I suspect no one will guess what it is!
It is 2 ¾ inches long, interestingly carved (although I cannot tell what, exactly it is), and I have placed a silver bead at the bottom, where the mouth piece is, and topped the holder with a carved, cranberry dyed bamboo coral melon (13.8) and another silver bead (4.5 mm). From top to bottom, the pendant is 3 ½ inches long. Small, natural mat onyx beads(4 mm) form a loop to attach the pendant to the actual necklace.
The necklace itself is made up of large natural mat onyx beads (16 mm), two vintage, carved bone beads (12.5 mm)in a floral motif, and two large, etched and gadrooned sterling silver beads (19.5 mm), made by the Karen hill tribes in Thailand.
Karen hill tribe Fair Trade silver is nearly 98% pure silver. I mostly choose to use their silver because each piece is like a miniature bit of sculpture, individually crafted and created. I know that artisans in Northern Thailand produce this unique silversmithing in small villages, involving whole families in the process. Their work is fairly paid, and as a result, their beads are much more expensive. But a family is supported and wonderful beads and jewellery are produced in high quality silver.
I have used a silver toggle clasp, also made by the Karen hill tribes, in which they have twisted silver wires to make a rope design. 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 21 inches long, with a 3 ½ inch pendant drop.
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