Ethiopian Welo Opals + Fossil Walrus Ivory + Handwoven Necklace with Ancient Glass

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Ethiopian Welo Opals + Fossil Walrus Ivory + Handwoven Necklace with Ancient Glass

360.00

An extra large Ethiopian opal is paired with a dramatic chunk of fossil walrus ivory in this handwoven necklace; a second Ethiopian opal on the strand is especially full of fire.

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:: Inner Light of the Earth ::

+++ Contains Fossil Walrus Ivory: For US Domestic Sale Only +++

"...I will not spend my studio carpet money on supplies...I will not spend my studio carpet money on supplies...I will not spend my studio carpet money on supplies.......Hang on---are those opals?"

And after I bought the first strand, I went back for a second.  This necklace has two of the best, the largest one from the first strand and a smaller stunner from the second.  These Ethiopian opals are a recent find, and formed in a layer of volcanic tuff.  I find they have a lively, joyous, and very dynamic energy compared to Australian opals, which are sedimentary in origin.  They formed from material precipitated out of the silica-rich ash. If you're interested, you might like this article about the Ethiopian opals:  http://treasurion.com/blog/welo-opal-depositsextraction-methods-and-material-characteristics/  The large one looks like a very clear citrine with earthy inclusions similar to the Garden Quartz I've worked with over the years.  There is a crackled flat face on the front that looks like it was close to the outer surface of the opalized nodule, and was preserved by the one who shaped the bead.  Most of the fire in this one is at the bottom and is green, but when you move this into the sunlight as I did for the photos, the fireworks go off. 

I had selected the components for this piece, but hadn't begun it, before I obtained the second strand of opals, which was lucky since I found a second opal that was a perfect complement for it.  This smaller bead is full of fire throughout, including bits of the indigo and turquoise that are unique to Ethiopian opal.   

The fossil walrus ivory was dug from the permafrost of St. Lawrence Island, Alaska by the native Yupik who own the island.  It is very old, possibly over 1000 years, and has the most intriguing texture.  I drilled both pieces by hand for this talisman.  A small bead, handmade by the Yupik, is higher on the strand.  I also discovered that my gold ancient Bactrian glass went beautifully with everything else, and three are on the strand as well.  This glass comes from ancient sites in Central Asia, and dates from 350-150 BC.

Everything has been seated securely on a handwoven nylon cord in a gorgeous pale olive hue--a desert green that brings all the elements together.

This piece has a strong tribal feel, an ancient-future feeling that stands outside of time.  It is at once modern and primitive, and its handwoven construction will stand up to years of wear.  The weaving is tight, but it will soften and relax as you wear it over time.

Imbued with the energy of where we're headed...

 SIZE:  The entire cairn-style pendant measures 4 1/8" x 1 1/2" x 5/8", or 105mm x 38mm x 16mm.  The necklace with pendant measures 18 1/2" or 47cm from the back of your neck to the end of the pendant when worn.

CARE:   To clean, rinse in cool water and gently blot dry.  I almost always rinse my handwoven necklaces after wearing, especially in the summer, and have never had them discolor or look soiled.  The nylon cord may be spot cleaned if necessary by soaking in a detergent made for delicate fabric.  I don't recommend soaking the pendant portion beyond a brief rinse.  Stubborn stains can be removed with a spot remover.  Regardless of the method, do not scrub the cord to prevent damage.

PRESENTATION: Inner Light of the Earth will come to you beautifully giftwrapped.  See the shop policies below for details.

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