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The following is a list of all the components that went into the making of this truly unique choker. I'm very happy with the results, and love its bold chunkiness. Have a good read!

Hebron (Kano) Trade Beads

Hebron trade beads, also known as Kano beads, are estimated to be 600 to 800 years old. They were made in Israel and traded heavily in the Sudan region. Green had copper dust mixed with glass and ground stone were used to make this unique bead. Sometimes they were ground down by Sudanese tribal people to have flat "sides". The most common color for these is a dull yellow ochre. Shades of blues and green are much more uncommon (I've used lots in the necklace!). Black with color specks (also included!) are the rarest of the Hebron beads. Heavily calcified and pitted, these are the real deal.

Roman Glass Beads

Large 40mm round Roman Glass disc, concave. disc measures 4 cm round. The Roman glass disc I used for this necklace was found in the Nimroz province of Afghanistan. It, along with the other bead components making up this necklace, is between 900 and 1200 years old, and were excavated in 2006. As explained to me, "The iridescence is caused by interference effects of light reflected from several layers of weathering produces." Whatever, it's gorgeous! Also incorporated into the necklace are three Roman Glass cones, ancient and pitted. The large 40 mm round center disc measures 4 cm round.

Egyptian Faience Pendant Bead

Since the early Stone Age, approximately 100 000 BC, and within nearly every age and culture, beads have existed. They are the earliest objects of adonrment, and as human-made artifacts are even order than actual pottery. Thus, it stands to reason that one of the first ever manmade materials, Egyptian Faience, was used in the manufacture of beads.

True Egyptian Faience is composed of a siliceous body of quartz in powder form, which is self-glazing. The body fuses and vitrifies during firing, creating a bright turquoise blue color which is the result of cooper carbonate infusing the body.

Large Crinoid Fossil

Crinoids are a class of echinoderms, commonly known as "sea lilies" and "feather stars". Although plant-like in appearance, crinoids were actually marine animals. These first appeared in the fossil records some 530 million years ago, but became abundant during the Ordovician Period. The sea lilies flourished in shallow inland seas and lived in groups of several thousand, permanently attached to the ocean floor. Crinoids fed on microorganisms in the passing sea water.

Sterling Components

My sterling silver impression components are all handmade by me! They include a small sea urchin, crinoid remnants, and spine, rock, and fossil bits.

The necklace measures 37 cm long (around 15 inches) with a 4 cm, two-strand leather loop, bring the total to 41 cm. The chalky white, carved fossil bone closure measures 55 mm long. I've gently rubbed dusty white dry pigment into the leather thong closure to create an aged look.

Sacred Circle Fossil Skin Hybrid Choker

Overview

  • Handmade item
  • Materials: sterling silver, hebron beads, crinoid fossil, fossil bone, roman glass, leather cord
  • Ships worldwide from California, United States
  • Feedback: 33 reviews
  • Favorited by: 34 people