This handsome necklace is comprised of natural gray fossil coral round beads (6mm), red rondelles (5mm), Sterling silver rounds (3mm), and an attractive pendant (1-3/4 inches) presumably crafted by a Native American artisan. The necklace is 20-3/4 inches end to end, including the Sterling silver S-clasp.
So, what is this "presumably" business? Here's the story. A friend bought three pendants at a reservation trading post some time ago, paying "a pretty penny" (a lot) for the trio. Unfortunately she neglected to ask for details, like the kinds of stone used or the names of the artists. She gave all three to me in return for my creating a necklace for one of them. The current necklace was made with one of the two remaining pendants. The last photograph is a close-up of the back of the pendant, which shows the number 925 and what appears to be the initials or symbol of the artisan who crafted it. I remain uncertain as to the stone used.
In searching about for the beads to use, I found the gray fossil coral ones to be the best match, and then was delighted to find the small red rondelles, which seemed to be almost the exact color of the red in the pendant. So what are they made of? I have no idea. I went to my box of red beads and there they were, neatly packaged in an unmarked plastic bag. We shall simply gave to refer to them as "the perfect little red beads."
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