Antique Ethiopian Brass Pendant Necklace + Antique African Quartz + Vintage African Brass + Layering Necklace

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Antique Ethiopian Brass Pendant Necklace + Antique African Quartz + Vintage African Brass + Layering Necklace

260.00

This necklace was made with some great old African pieces...it has a warm, burnished glow exudes a sense of strength.

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:: Amulet ::

I love the way this necklace turned out.  The pendant, which I've had for some time, is a type that is hard to find anymore.  A weighty piece of solid cast brass, it comes from Ethiopia; I've tried to find what it is exactly, with no luck.  You usually see this type in a more symmetrical and "perfect" form, but what drew me to this one was its irregularity.  The deep patina and beautiful primitive surface combined with the lines of the ring were captivating...I will inevitably be drawn to the strange and irregular one in a group!  Right above the pendant are two antique quartz beads from Africa, stacked with a bronze clay disc that was directly impressed on a huge old saguaro cactus skeleton prior to firing.  The wire wrap is oxidized brass.

The pendant was strung with beads in warm metallic hues, accented with softly mottled Czech glass.  Small barrels from Nepal alternate with the glass and tiny antique French metal beads, some of which are steel cut, in a mixture of old patinas.  Various larger brass beads are mixed in along with tiny brass Igbo Bugs--the little knobbed amulets--and antique quartz, also from Africa.  Because the pendant was heavy, I doubled the strand that passes around the back of the neck.  This comfortably distributes the weight.  I will easily develop neck tension and headaches if jewelry is too heavy, and this is something I would be able to wear.  The ends form loose strands ending in old African brass rings.  I used professional grade 49 strand beading wire to string the necklace.

There's something about this piece that reminds me of old shaman's ornaments.  Maybe it's the brass elements or the overall colors and textures.  But it does have a unique personality, and I only have one of these pendants, so it's truly unique! 

SIZE:  The brass pendant measures 2" x 1 1/2" x 5/16", or 51mm x 38mm x 7mm.  The necklace with pendant measures 20"  or 51cm, from the back of your neck to the base of the pendant when worn.

CARE:   Please respect the great age of these beads, and handle with care when not wearing.  Wipe with a soft, damp cloth to clean. 

PRESENTATION: White Shell Ritual will come to you beautifully giftwrapped.  See my shop policies below for details.

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