This one-of-a-kind pendant necklace came from the estate of a jeweler designer. She traveled the world looking for unique parts and pieces, stones and metals, to incorporate into her work. Years ago, when we had the chance to buy some of her pieces, the prices were too expensive so we just bought this one. We thought this one was especially unique with a look of worldly exotica.
The necklace is made of sterling silver pieces and overlaid beads and genuine semi-precious gemstones that are green/white/brown in color. These may be jasper, aventurine, agate or chrysoprase. Small green and white beads are jade or quartz.
The center pendant is the star, hand-etched in sterling silver and coddling a large green 'marble'...maybe jade or agate, along with a smaller green gem ball. The silver cap is etched with primitive horned animals. It's hard to tell what ethnicity these are...could be Mexican or Asian. African? Hard to tell but it's nothing Americana.
The necklace measures 17 inches around. The centerpiece hangs 2 1/2 inches long. It's about 1 inch wide.
The flat beads are purposely cut unevenly and are polished smooth. One stone has some naturally occurring 'pits'. The green beads have a nice translucence when held up to light. The necklace weighs 82.6...substantial. There are no markings. All the silver parts have been acid-tested and come up sterling.
This necklace is in excellent condition. Circa 1970s.
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