This necklace features an authentic large antique white metal Kuchi glass inlay pendant from Afghanistan. To match with the red and blue inlay work on the pendant, I used five long strands of Czech crystal beads in burgundy red and added a dash a deep blue using two Howlite slab beads. The pendant is heavy and to provide the flexibility of adapting the length of the necklace to the outfit neckline of the wearer, I decided to use Fair Trade Sari silk ribbons so it can be tied up or interlocked behind the neck.
The pendant measures 5 inches by 4 inches.
All the metal components I use in my jewelry, unless specified otherwise as Sterling Silver, are high quality lead free and nickel free metals. Wherever possible I use made in USA Tierracast metal components.
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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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