Red Abalone Stone Worked Pendant + Ancient Southwest Style + Prehistoric Ornament Technique + Large Pendant + Sterling Chain

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Red Abalone Stone Worked Pendant + Ancient Southwest Style + Prehistoric Ornament Technique + Large Pendant + Sterling Chain

240.00

A luminous tab pendant of abalone, shaped using the prehistoric methods of the Southwest, strung on an oxidized silver chain.

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A beach find, a fragment of red abalone shell from the Pacific coast, has been slowly ground over many hours on sandstone slabs to obtain this shape.  Tab pendants such as this were commonly found throughout the prehistoric Southwest as pendants and earrings.  This one is very large, the simple oblong shape framing a field of stunning iridescent color.  Shell was prized by everyone in the Southwest as it is relatively easy to work, and is a symbol of life-giving water.

The shell fragment had already been polished by the action of sea and sand, but it was still rather thick and I thinned it by over half on the back, and refined the sides by grinding the shell with water on sandstone slabs from the Mesa Verde region.  The reverse is full of tiny holes left by sea creatures and it is almost as interesting as the front.  Both back and sides were polished to a silken smoothness on stone and with elk hide and cotton cloth, just as the ancient people of the Southwest would have done over a thousand years ago.  The hole was drilled with chert hand drills I knapped myself, as well as one made by a flint knapper friend.  The process is laborious but the pieces that result have a life in them that is extraordinary; touchstones you want to hold in your hand.

I put a simple sterling silver jump ring on the shell that I had hammered on desert rock, and strung it on a silver bead chain so I could have the piece with me through the evening.  I loved it so much that I decided to offer it that way: on a long sterling silver chain of oblong links that I sanded and oxidized, held together with a wrapped link of silver with an antique coin silver bead from Burma.  It looks amazing and very dramatic over a black tunic.  Abalone is an extremely tough material and this will stand up to hard knocks.  It would be a great layering piece.  

SIZE:  The abalone pendant measures 2" x 1 5/16" x 1/8", or 50mm x 34mm x 3mm.  The chain with pendant measures 20 1/4" or 52cm, from the back of your neck to the bottom of the pendant when worn.

CARE:  Rinse with cool water to clean and blot dry with a towel.  You can polish the silver or allow the patina to naturally deepen over time.

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

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