STAR of WONDER, STAR of LIGHT, many of us are familiar with this STAR since many of us grew up singing this at Church during Christmas. This is the Very, Very Bright STAR described in the Nativity Story in the Gospel of Matthew in the Bible. The STAR is also called the "Star of Bethlehem". In the Story the Wise Men from the East (MAGI) are Inspired by the Star to travel to Jerusalem. There they meet King Herod of Judea and ask where the King of the Jews has been born? They find the Manger where the Infant Jesus has been born and come bringing Gifts to honor HIM. The Beautiful Large Antique Mop Medal is the Focal Point of this Necklace that represents this Nativity. The Medal is an Antique Hand carved Souvenir of Bethlehem. During the late 1800,s these carved Mop Treasures where made to sell to the many travelers on pilgrimage to Bethlehem. I have never seen one exactly like this one and I think it is a fairly RARE MEDAL. The Medal is made from a Thick Piece of Mop and is a 3-D representation of the Nativity. The Medal shows the Infant JESUS on the lap of Mary with HALOS, Joseph behind Her. The 3 Wise Men, 2 of them wearing Crowns, are also pictured with the "Star of Wonder" centered in the Medal above them. One of the Wise Men kneeling offers a GIFT to the Infant JESUS! This is a Lovely Medal and Very Large as Medals go measuring 2 inches High by 2 hairs over 1,1/4 inch Wide. The Medal is in Excellent Condition for a Medal this AGE. I have made a really Gorgeous Necklace for the Unique Medal using Sparkling Antique French Diamond Cut Steel Beads with Cultured Kasumi Pearls and Pyrite Gem Accents. I only use the Most Shimmering Diamond Cut Steel Beads in my Wrap Necklaces because they Sparkle much more than the Round Steel Beads that have no Cuts to the Beads. Since these Antique Beads are getting more difficult to find and buy in pristine condition they are very expensive to purchase. There is not an unlimited supply of them available in the market for sale and Jewelry Artist LOVE using these in their Jewelry Designs which drives the price up, supply and demand is what determines the price of something. These Beads were used in France during the 1800,s to make Lovely Delicate Jewelry and as well Tiny Evening Bags! Many of these Precious Tiny Bags can be found for sale today in various degrees of Condition. When I start the Wrap Necklace I measure out carefully 2 inch Sections of the French Beads and intersperse a variety of Multicolored 9-13MM Kasumi Pearls. The COLORS and LUSTRE of the Pearls are just glowing! The Colors are Lavender, Cream, Wine, Bronze, White, Peach, Copper and others, so PRETTY! These Charming Kasumi Pearls are each UNIQUE One of a Kind with there Wrinkly to Smooth Textures that they are known for. There are 20 Kasumi Pearls and 40 Faceted Round Pyrite Gems in the Necklace. Each Pearl is surrounded by a Faceted Pyrite Gem on each side of the Pearls. The Necklace is Long measuring 59 inches long and also has a Sterling Silver Link Extension Chain of 3,3/4 inches making the Necklace approximately 62,3/4 inches long. The Necklace can be worn a couple of different ways as I have shown. The Clasp for the Necklace is a Sterling Silver Victorian Recast Shepherds Hook that hooks into the Sterling Silver Link Extension Chain. The French Beads are strung on Beading Wire that is made from Multiple Strands of Steel Wire sheathed in a Clear Case. The Wire is Very Strong. The Necklace ends are strung thru a Sterling Silver Wire Protectors which keeps the Wire from Repeatedly being rubbed in one spot and becoming worn. The Wire Ends are clamped and folded with 6 Sterling Silver Clamps that are covered with 6 Sterling Silver Round Bead Covers. All these Details make for a Very Well Made Piece of Jewelry, made to LAST! You will be able to hand this Necklace down to a Loved one as an Heirloom. Although the connecting Pieces are not stamped for Sterling Silver they all Test for Sterling Silver. All connecting Pieces are Oxidized Dark Sterling Silver. An Antique CROSS with Sterling Silver Fleur de Lis Charm drape from the end of the Extension Chain. I offer GENEROUS LAYAWAY TERMS to my buyers. If you LOVE collecting Religious MEDALS and Jewelry you will Love this SWEET and SPECIAL NECKLACE! Thanks for visiting FRENCHEVANGELINEROSE on RUBY LANE! NOTE: More Photos available if needed.
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