This necklace features three beautiful Ganesha pendants hand painted by an artist based in Jaipur, Rajasthan. They are a fine example of exquisite miniature art very famous in Rajasthan. The paintings are encased in Sterling Silver pendants that have the designer hallmark stamp of 92.5 at their back.
I used chunky shell pearl beads in grey/silver and Berber spiral silver pendants to tie the whole look together. The large shell pearls bring out the grey background of the paintings and make this a stunning example of how Indian and African traditional art forms and motifs can be blended together to create a contemporary modern look.
The hook clasp is a handmade Bali silver clasp and the silver beads used in the necklace are silver plated high quality zinc beads.
Ganesha, also known as Ganapati, Vinayaka or Binayaka, is one of the most worshiped deities in the Hindu pantheon. In India, not only do Hindu sects worship him regardless of affiliations, devotion to Ganesha also extends to Jains and Buddhists.
Lord Ganesha is widely revered as the remover of obstacles, the patron of arts and sciences and the Deva of intellect and wisdom. As the god of beginnings, he is honored at the start of rites and ceremonies. Ganesha is also invoked as patron of letters and learning during writing sessions.
The necklace measures approx. 18 inches from end to end and sits beautifully in an elegant spread around the neck line.
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All the metal components I use in my jewelry, unless specified otherwise, are high quality lead free and nickel free metals. Wherever possible I use made in USA Tierracast metal components.
Add a special earth-friendly touch to your gifts this year with repurposable packaging.
The jewelry box is a Shamrock brand durable box lined with tarnish resistant foam padding that you can continue to store your pieces in for years.
The red felt snowflake can be used as a coaster or as a tree ornament when strung in the cotton baker's twine.
The fabric gifts will be packed in FabStitches theme packaging and black organza bags tied with the same snowflake and tags.
This necklace features twenty seven old (made in 1900s) but in good condition African Kiffa beads used in combination with four red African Wedding Beads from Mali and Lapis Lazuli gemstone beads to bring out the blue. Each pair of beads in this necklace is separated with a gold plated copper bead/disc. Antique gold finish bead cones and a shiny gold finish hook clasp complete this resplendent red, blue and yellow piece.
The rich, vibrant colors of authentic handmade African Kiffa beads coordinate very well with the warmth of gold, red and deep blue and make this unique necklace a heirloom worthy piece for your wardrobe. It has a length of approx. 19 inches.
Kiffa beads are rare African powder glass beads, named after the Mauritanian city of Kiffa, and were first documented in 1949 by French ethnologist R. Mauny. They represent one of the highest levels of ingenuity and artistic skill in the art of making beads as they are created in open fires using simple tools and recycled from materials like pulverized European glass beads or their fragments, bottle glass, pottery shards, tin cans, twigs, steel needles in combination with gum arabic.
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