Necklace - Distance measured in Beads
1 bead = ~50 miles / 80.5 kilometers
Welcome to Latitude 45 South!
This string of beads shows a "slice" of the world,
45 degrees South of the Equator,
crossing through a diverse selection of terrain and civilizations.
Distances are roughly proportional,
with each bead representing approximately 50 miles / 80.5 kilometers
of Great Circle distance.
Water, Land, and Cities are marked on the necklace,
creating a wearable map:
a bare-bones geolocation device built with stone-age technology.*
Water is represented by shiny deep blue glass beads.
Land is a combination of frosted green glass,
in spring green and evergreen shades,
with natural stone beads marking the mountains
and changes in elevation.
Cities are marked with shiny dichroic glass beads:
this necklace includes densely-populated cities
on or near Latitude 45 South.
If you would like any other cities marked,
please mention it in the "note to seller" area!
A magnetic clasp snaps the necklace together at Longitude 180,
the International Date Line over the Pacific Ocean.
If you would like to mark a special location on the necklace,
I can add a decorative copper bead at the location of your choice:
just send a conversation through Etsy, and let me know where you want it!
This necklace is part of the "Southern Hemisphere" series,
a group of 5 necklaces and a bracelet depicting Latitudes of the South:
the Equator, 15 South, 30 South, 45 South, 60 South, and 75 South.
*Not for use in actual Land or Sea Navigation.
45 South features the following landmarks:
Christchurch, New Zealand
Comodoro Riviadavia, Argentina
International Date Line (clasp)
Length: 23 inches / 58 centimeters
Designer: Laura Cesari for Chain of Being - Spring 2011
Based on a pattern from Nature & Civilization
Translating latitudes into beads is absolutely fascinating:
I would love to make them all!
Please send a note through Etsy Conversations
if you would like any particular Latitude or Longitude represented in beads.
Please see our "Latitude & Longitude" section for more!
-- Read more about us! --
Interview with The Planetary Society:
"The Solar System, in Jewelry Form"
Interview with Craftzine:
"Artist Explores Universe through Solar System Necklaces"
Solar System Necklace in "Best of MAKE: 2010":
More info & updates!