This pendant was lasercut from sheet copper, etched by hand, then gold-plated with a 1.5 micron thickness of 14K gold. This is a very durable and thick method of gold-plating that will last a long time. After I get it back, I inlay real snakeskin (shedding) into the etched area.. I do not injure any snakes, it's just the skin collected from their living area after they have shed. I then cover the skin with a protective finish. The pendant measures about 1.25" across and hangs from an 18" gold-filled chain with a lobster clasp.
The Ouroboros (a snake or dragon swallowing its own tail) usually represents something constantly re-creating itself, or things perceived as cycles that begin anew as soon as they end. A symbol of this type has been used in many cultures, including the Aztecs, Kundalini (yoga), the Freemasons, and west African religions.
There is also a larger ouroboros here: http://www.etsy.com/listing/79774578/large-ouroboros-necklace-etched-copper
*This is NOT the exact necklace you will be receiving. They will all have slight variations in the etch and the snakeskin, since they are each handmade by me. If you would like a custom necklace with your own snake's shedding, please contact me and I will let you know where to ship it.*
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