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This is an exact replica of the love bead necklace worn by Jim Morrison of the Doors,
during his famous Young Lion Photo Shoot by Joel Brodsky in September 1967.
It's also referred to as his American Poet necklace, and his Cobra necklace
(although the pattern is not based on the pattern of a snake).

I started researching the origins of this necklace years ago. I can tell you that this necklace by Mojo's Beads is the most accurate Jimbo necklace available anywhere in the world, and of the highest quality. It was made solely because of my love of Jim's music and poetry.

The pattern and colors I use are original to what Jim wore around his neck. This necklace was created by Doors photographer Henry Diltz, who was approached by a friend of Jim's, Gloria Stavers in the fall of 1967 to have a necklace made for him. She described Jim as earthy (brown and green), spiritual (white) and mysterious (black). So that's how this necklace was formed.

The necklace that Val Kilmer wears in the 1991 movie "The Doors" has red in it and the pattern is different, not what Jim actually wore. See my other auctions for that necklace.

I make these myself with a high level of pride and care, using a very strong nylon cord made for bead making (C-Lon 0.5mm), and the highest quality Czech beads (the same size that Henry Diltz used), resulting in a beautiful and completely accurate replication of Jim's necklace :)

The length is approximately 30". Custom lengths are available (shorter or longer), email me with inquiries. The ends are not tied purposely, so that you can shorten it if you like, and/or add a clasp (I personally just tie a surgeon's knot. It's very easy to do and incredibly strong. A clasp will break the pattern of the necklace. I can definitely add a clasp if you like, however there was no clasp on Jim's and I do not recommend it at all). The necklace will come tied with a temporary knot.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Beads - I use the same high quality glass Czech beads that Henry Diltz used, resulting in a beautiful and completely accurate finished product. There are other makers of these necklaces that use larger or smaller beads, but I like to keep it one hundred percent true to the original.

Cord - The cord that I use is the most important part of the necklace. If too thick, the knot will not be tight enough and will come loose over time. If too thin, there's a chance of it breaking. I use 0.5mm C-LON cord that has a breaking strength of 35 lbs. This is extremely strong for a necklace as the average breaking strength of fishing line is only 20 lbs. When knotting a cord of this thickness, you get a nice, clean, tight knot that will never come loose, while at the same time incredibly strong. Cords thicker than this will not knot tight enough. Also it does not stretch over time as other materials can.

Shipping - I ship out my orders extremely fast, usually the same day. Tracking numbers are included for free (as of 2014-09-04)! If you live outside the United States, then the tracking number will only track the package up until it leaves my local Post Office hub.

Why Mojo's Beads - The combination of the highest quality Czech beads, 0.5mm C-LON nylon cord, super fast shipping, fantastic customer service, and the great level of passion that I put into my products equates to the best quality product available in the world.

Notice: Mojo's Beads is the original re-creator of this beautiful piece of work, of course not first to recreate it, but first to make it true to the original. This can be easily proven by viewing my feedback dates on eBay. Others have completely copied my work, from the type of beads used, the cord, the fact that I do not tie a knot, pieces of information that I write about a particular necklace, even the way I took my pictures (against Jim's photo). There's no talent by copying my work. I made this necklace simply because I love the Doors and what they represented at the time of their existence. Please be aware and careful of this, and choose wisely.....

Jim Morrison 1967 Young Lion Photo Shoot Cobra Love Bead Necklace



  • Handmade item
  • Materials: Czech Beads, CLON Cord
  • Made to order
  • Ships worldwide from United States
  • Feedback: 97 reviews
  • Favorited by: 120 people