This Fanciful Menagerie Necklace is Strung with Hand Crafted Beads that I purchased in Peru.
The Animal Beads are Fired Pottery and they consist of a Serious Owl perched on a branch accented by a Tiger eye Ball in the center.
The Owl is followed by an Alpaca, a Cat, Two Mountain Rams , Two Turtles, a Duck Like Bird and a Fancy Chicken.
I fell in love with these beads at a Peruvian Street market several years ago, and found them again after a recent Studio relocation.
I decided to set them with some accents of Genuine Swarovski Crystal beads and some hand crafted Glass beads mottled with agate style swirling and patterns that match the Clay tones.
The Owl in the Center sits perched atop of a Large 10 MM Ball of Tigereye that has nice banding. Each Animal bead is set with an octahedron of Vermeil that helps center the bead as well as add some style.
This is a great necklace for any Animal Lover and each bead is distinct and totally hand made. Each Animal measures about 1 inch and the entire necklace measures 26 inches long and fits Nicely.
I have also made a pair of matching drop earrings so that you can have a SET to wear and because you will never find earrings to match this piece without making it a Set. The earrings are Swarovski Crystals set with Handcrafted Glass and mounted with Vermeil Beads and 14 Karat Gold filled ear wires for pierced ears. ( I can substitute Screw backs if you do not have pierced ears.)
The earrings are lovely in their own right .
I chose industrial strength "Tigertail" to string these beads on, and the necklace is secure and strong. If you are looking for a fun piece to wear, and something very unusual, this is a unique and not too serious piece.
The Clasp is a Sturdy Vermeil Toggle that matches the shape of the Handcrafted Glass . The total Necklace is quite beautiful.
It is more Fun than Fancy, but it also has a real charm about it, without looking "tacky". It is a wearable and enjoyable necklace that will
bring out the Child in you.
Menagerie Animal Necklace with Swarovski Crystal and Hand Crafted Clay Beads with Vermeil : Set with Earrings