If you like a necklace of substance, this one will not disappoint. It's 155 grams of large 11mm hematite beads, ornate silver barrel beads, and solid sterling silver rods, some with 24K vermeil gold plating. These rods were reproduced circa 1970 from Pre-Columbian hauca museum pieces which were loaned to our friend who was a jewelry designer at the time.
The necklace measures 17 inches around, ending in an old Chinese silver slide-in clasp. The center rods hang in a tapered formation and are 2 1/4 inches long at center. We didn't polish this necklace as we leave the patina as found for buyer to decide.
The hematite beads are polished to a gorgeous gunmetal-look glow. This hefty stunning necklace is something to behold...and wear with the pride of owning something very unique.
Huaca history - In South America, a wak'a is an object that represents something revered, typically a monument of some kind. The term huaca can refer to natural locations, such as immense rocks. Some huacas have been associated with veneration and ritual. Pre-columbian burials were done with all the person's belongings. These are called Huacas and include pottery and in some cases, jewelry. Real Huacas are kept in museums.
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