A little tribal, a little modern, and certainly one of a kind. This necklace takes three gnarly nuggets of natural red Coral, highlights it with hand made sterling silver beads with scroll work, sets it asymmetrically on a necklace beaded with hand made discs of black and white dotted bone beads from Namibia, Africa. Smaller red coral nuggets complete the necklace at a sterling silver round toggle. Unusual, yes! Eye-catching, yes! A conversation starter, definitely! A pair of matching earrings completes the set.
Coral beads have played a significant part in jewelry throughout history. People of many cultures thought that red coral provided protection from fire and violence.
Bone beads are common in many parts of Africa, where local artisans were masters at using locally available materials. An often used technique to color and decorate the beads was the same technique used to dye Batik clothing. Designs were waxed on to the surface, then the bead dipped in dye, after which the wax was removed with a hot water bath. The waxed areas were not dyed (white dots in the bone beads), while the un-waxed surfaces took on the color.
Length: 19.5 inches.
Beading Wire: 0.19"/49 strand clear-coated stainless steel professional quality beading wire with sterling silver crimps and crimp covers.
Bead size: 17 x 25 mm, 13 x 22 mm and 13 x 16 mm coral nuggets; 3 x 14 mm bone discs; 9 x 12 sterling silver beads; 5 x 6 mm small coral nuggets.
Earrings: 1 and 5/8th inch from your piercing, on sterling silver ear wires.
Care: Clean with soft fabric, or non-abrasive polishing cloth. Avoid direct contact with perfumes, hairspray, and deodorants. Jewelry should be worn after application of cosmetics. Store wrapped in soft fabric or sealed in plastic bag.
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