Minimalist Jet Pendant + Prehistoric Technique + Ancient Southwest + Multi Strand Seed Bead Necklace + Hammered Bronze Findings

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Minimalist Jet Pendant + Prehistoric Technique + Ancient Southwest + Multi Strand Seed Bead Necklace + Hammered Bronze Findings

295.00

A black oblong of jet, worked entirely with stone tools, set with primitive bronze findings on delicate strands of seed beads and turquoise

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:: Listening to Silence ::

Two long days of grinding and polishing by hand went into the creation of this jet pendant.  It was shaped on sandstone grindstones and drilled with a chert hand drill, then polished with stone, brain tanned elk hide, and cotton cloth, as it would have been over a thousand years ago by the Ancestral Pueblo people.  Jet was a defining material of the ancient people of the high desert, also known as the Anasazi.  The jet deposits found on the Colorado Plateau yielded material that was transformed into magnificent beads, pendants and sacred objects, some of which were inlaid with turquoise.  What jet represented to the ancient ones is hidden from us, but it has a deep, profound energy and holds silence and mystery within.  

I love the jet pieces the best of all the stone ground materials, but working it is very slow, paid for in painful nights and doses of ibuprofen.  It is also a very messy business.  This organic squared-off tab shape is evocative of the most refined pendants that came out of Chaco Canyon a millennium ago, when the Chaco Culture was at its apex.  There is an elegant austerity to these works that is unique to that moment in time.  I was able to refine this piece down to a very slender profile, thanks to the strength of the jet, and create chiseled edges that have a beautiful shape.  It is also lightweight; people are surprised by how light jet, an extremely hard form of coal, truly is.

Four strands of very fine glass seed beads support the jet.  These are a mix of matte and soft metallic browns and bronzes in random order, with a bit of matte black at the end of one strand.  Scattered in are tiny tubes of green turquoise.  The findings are primitive bronze, hammered on desert rock and heavily oxidized.

This featherweight necklace is very comfortable to wear...a contemporary connection to the ancient ones.

SIZE:  The jet pendant measures 2" x 1 7/16" x 1/8", or 50mm x 36mm x 3mm, in length.  The full length of the beaded strands are 20 1/4" or 51.2cm.

CARE:  Rinsing in cool water the beads is fine, and recommended once in a while, but I would keep the jet out of the water as this can affect the polish.  To clean and polish the jet, buff with a soft, dry cloth.

PRESENTATION:  Listening to Silence will come to you beautifully giftwrapped.  See my shop policies below for details.

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