These are natural, cream coloured bamboo coral cylinders (18 mm) which I have chose not only for their lovely, natural, creamy tone but their natural textures and details. They are not in any way broken or damaged. This is how they occur.
The natural mat onyx beads (15.2 mm) and polished natural onyx discs (15 mm) contrasts with the rich cream coral.
In the centre, to add a bit of punch, I have used a larger round but shaped bead of bamboo coral (24 mm) in a luscious, dyed dark berry colour. The coral itself is natural, and shows it’s own textures and indents. It is dyed to achieve that colour, but it has been sealed, so that the colour will not fade.
Flanking the central coral are a pair of handmade, hammered silver beads (17.8 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, using twisted silver wire. 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 19 inches long.
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