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SCYTHIAN BARBARIAN NOMADIC fine silver cat pendant w opal ruby

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THIS CAT PANDANT IS FINE SILVER - THE CAT ITSELF IS A LARGE 1 AND 5/8 INCHES WIDE. THE BAIL MAKES THE ENTIRE LENGTH A FULL 2 INCHES

A CHAIN IS NOT INCLUDED
THE BAIL HAS AN OPENING OF 7MM OR 1/4 INCH
A CHAIN FOR THIS PENDANT SHOULD BE A BIT SMALLER TO ALLOW IT TO MOVE INSIDE THE BAIL

PENDANT IS SUITABLE FOR A GOLD CHAIN AS WELL AS SILVER SINCE THE BEZEL AROUND THE OPAL IS 18 KARAT GOLD

YOU MAY ALSO WANT TO CONSIDER PUTTING IT ON A VELVET CORD

THE PHOTO MAKES THE METAL LOOK DARKER THAN IT REALLY IS.
( IT IS NOT STERLING -- FINE SILVER IS .999 SILVER -- STERLING IS ONLY .925. FINE SILVER IS WHITER THAN STERLING AND TARNISHES MUCH MORE SLOWLY THAN STERLING, LEGALY IT IS CONSIDERED TO BE PURE SILVER)
The center stone is a genuine untreated grey opal with green pinfire. It is mounted in an 18 karat gold bezel.
The stone inlay on the cats' ear is a genuine untreated opal that is a trasparent base with blue and green fire.
The eye is mounted with a genuine ruby cabochon



Comes in a black leatherette gift box.

The pin is properly stamped for fine silver and 18 karat gold. ***Also stamped with my personal artist's stamp -- a stylized lily.

Many jewelry designers are making Celtic jewelry but I don't know of anyone besides myself making Scythian jewelry.

This pendant is based on the famous gold cat artifact in the Hermitage museum in Russia. The original, a shield decoration, was made by the Eastern Scythians (the Sakas). It was found in a burial mound (a kurgan) in the Altai area of Central Asia on the border of Russia and China and dates from around 700 to 600 B.C. . The original is housed in the Hermitage museum in Russia. This pin is not an identical reproduction. If you would like to see a picture of the original please email me.

Many people do not realize that many of the Scythians were ancestors of the Europeans. In fact, recent research is showing that the Celtic, Scythian and Germanic tribes were not as clearly differentiated from each other as has long been thought. If you have Celtic, Anglo-Saxon or Viking in your geneology, it is possible that you may consider yourself to be a Scythian descendant.

Some non-conventional scholars also connect many of the Scythian and Celtic tribes with the ten lost tribes of Israel. Recent scholarship shows that there was plenty of room in Central Asia for tribes of people to disappear into and then pop up elsewhere in history under different names. In fact, the area in history of Central Asia is so vast and complex that in the time between 721 BC (when the Israelites disappeared) and the Dark Ages of Europe (when "barbarians" moved in and settled) almost ANYTHING could have happened.

Scythian art is an amazing art. Nobody, not even the Egyptians had as much gold as they did or used animals in their art in such as entertaining fashion. Often animal decoration was used to fill in every bare space on an item. Clothing was often decorated with small plaques of gold embossed with animal shapes. The animals were usually depicted in a lively pose and often have a cartoon like quality to them. This is very unusual in ancient art where the objective was usually to appear imposing or threatening.

Keep your eyes open on the Internet and in the news for new Scythian discoveries. More Scythian finds are being dug up every year and will become more well-known to the public

SCYTHIAN BARBARIAN NOMADIC fine silver cat pendant w opal ruby

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  • Materials: fine silver, 18karat gold, opal, ruby
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  • Only ships to United States from Ohio, United States.
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