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So often I have wanted to use these beautiful sacred heart ex votos with simpler necklaces, but in this case, the dramatic Gutta Percha chain was calling me.

This design starts with an antique French 19th century ex voto - a sacred heart shaped pendant locket that housed a prayer and was offered in a church. The small versions are quite rare and this one is an excellent example. Beautifully engraved on the front, the pendant opens to reveal a special place for you to store your own memento, affirmation or treasure.

The chain comprises antique French Jet (black glass) beads, labradorite connectors and a generous length of rare antique Gutta Percha chain. For the closure I have used one of my exclusive gold plated S shaped swan clasps.

The necklace chain measures about 22 inches. The ex voto pendant is1.75 inches high. This is quite a lightweight necklace, and absolutely an heirloom piece. I welcome layaway if you prefer to pay by instalments.

** About Gutta Percha **

Gutta Percha is a sap taken from tropical trees, 'cooked' and then moulded. When you look close to the links you can see the mould marks. I believe such chain would have been constructed when the links were warm and pliable - if you were to prise them open now they would snap.

The material is a bit delicate - do not crush, bend or otherwise apply pressure to the links as they could break. Wearing the necklace as usual will pose no problems. Store flat without other jewelry on top, or hang it on a hook. Probably not suitable for those who tend to be a bit rough with their jewelry.

Frequently asked questions about ateliertalaru

My reproduction elements are proprietary designs and cannot be copied in any way.

Antique elements in a design are not thusly protected and, legally, could be reproduced.

If antique elements in my designs inspire you, I welcome the chance to see what you do with them. I welcome the chance to learn from other artisans, and I do not seek to control the creative expression of others.
I don't offer wholesale pricing.

I am an artisan who produces work for the retail market. Most of my work is on-of-a-kind or limited edition and not mass produced.

If I was to discount my work so you can re-sell it, then I make less for you to make more. To me this is not a good business model.

Wholesale only works where something can be produced in bulk and discounts can be offered from the economies of scale that come from mass production.

That's not what I am about.
I welcome any request to make a customised design. This could mean a completely unique design to your specifications, or an adaptation of an existing design.

If you see something in my shop that seems just about right, but needs a little tweak to make it perfect for you, please get in touch and ask me what can be done. If it's not possible I will say so, but I will consider all such requests.
You might even see something for sale in my other Etsy shop - La Comtesse de Talaru - where I sell antique French jewelry that can be incorporated into an assemblage design. Let me know if there is something in my other shop that you might like, and we can work on a design together.
I try to list measurements in inches and cm/mm. If you are not sure about converting measurements, please refer to this website where you can plug in the values and get a conversion into a measurement you are familiar with: www.onlineconversion.com/length_common.htm
Any design made with vintage and antique elements needs to be handled with care. I will never work with elements that I know are inclined to break. Everything I use in my design is, as far as I can possibly and practically tell, in excellent condition and poses no particular hazards. If something might need a caution, this will be noted in the listing - eg: with book lockets they contain paper that can rip, so be gentle...etc.

I store my own personal jewellery collection in felt-lined drawers or specialist displays that allow designs to hang. I'd advise against plonking all of your jewelry into one box and allowing it all to become entangled. Breakage could then be expected. A little effort and planning with your storage is advised.
All purchases will be gift wrapped to ensure a delightful reception upon arrival. If you are buying as a gift and wish to add a personalised card or note, just let me know and I will do this for no extra charge.

I use sturdy boxes for all of my jewelry designs, and ample bubble wrap and tissue paper. Great care is taken to ensure that your purchase will arrive safe and sound and survive the rigours of our modern postal services.
...my dog looked at me the wrong way, the wind shifted or I got a zit.

Sorry but I do not welcome requests for discounts.

To be honest, it really irks me that people love my work enough to want to own something I made, yet don't want to pay a fair and very reasonable price for it.

My work is not expensive. It is heartfelt in inspiration. It is carefully constructed artisan jewelry that has a value. If you want a discount just for the sake of it, then you are in the wrong place.

Antique French Sacred Heart Ex Voto Reliquary Necklace with Gutta Percha Chain and Labradorite


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  • Handmade item
  • Materials: metal, gemtsone, glass, gutta percha
  • Ships worldwide from Australia
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