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Raw Baltic Amber Pendant with Handwoven Linen Cord and Fossil Ivory

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:: Summerlight ::

I simply cannot resist raw amber like this. It has the most wonderful feeling in the hand, satiny, light and warm. What a delightful, luminous treasure it is!

My 24 year old son and I had gone to Santa Fe to celebrate my birthday last week, and naturally I ended up hunting and gathering. I'd discovered several of these amber nuggets hidden in a bowl in an obscure corner of a shop and showed them to him. "I'll get those for you, Ma" he said, even after I said I only meant to keep one and make the rest into pieces for sale. Then he carried them around for a while as we explored. I asked "Hard to put them down, aren't they?" "Yeah, they feel really good in the hand" he replied.

So this lovely nugget has plenty of good energy in it from a very happy day.

The ancient sunlight trapped in the amber shares space with dark, organic material from the primordial forest in which it formed. Colors from cognac to dark honey to raw umber swirl through the piece. I drilled a large hole in it and carefully sanded and polished the edges to match the satiny smooth surface.

For the handwoven cord, I decided to experiment with some fine, soft natural linen yarn rather than the nylon I usually use. It yielded a very finely textured strand that shows the variations in the color and thickness of the linen, and I'm just delighted with it...a perfect complement to the natural amber.

At the juncture of the cord I stacked a natural piece of fossil walrus ivory from Alaska with another handmade fossil ivory bead, one of my own bronze disc beads, and two handmade Czech artisan glass beads that look like they were made just for this necklace. A little ways up is another richly-colored fossil ivory bead. At the top, instead of ending the strands at the same length, I offset the connection slightly, wrapping each end around another Czech glass bead that matches the amber.

It's a piece that exudes the atmosphere of ancient days, of hunter-gatherers wandering the wild landscape. Bold, but also subtle, and so lightweight you won't even know you have it on.

Size: 45.5cm from the back of your neck to the base of the amber nugget. The raw amber measures 41mm x 38mm x 14mm.

Care: Amber is surprisingly durable, but even so, be careful about knocking it into things. You can wash the entire piece in cool water, using a little mild fabric detergent on the cord if necessary.

Summerlight will arrive beautifully giftwrapped--please see the sample packaging listing for Desert Primitive pieces for details.

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Raw Baltic Amber Pendant with Handwoven Linen Cord and Fossil Ivory


  • Handmade item
  • Materials: raw amber, natural linen cord, fossil walrus ivory, Czech artisan glass beads, bronze
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