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Latitude 15 South
Necklace - Distance measured in Beads

1 bead = ~50 miles / 80.5 kilometers

Welcome to Latitude 15 South!

This string of beads shows a "slice" of the world,
15 degrees South of the Equator,
crossing through a diverse selection of terrain and civilizations.

Distances are roughly proportional,
with each bead representing approximately 50 miles / 80.5 kilometers
of Great Circle distance.

Water, Land, and Cities are marked on the necklace,
creating a wearable map:
a bare-bones geolocation device built with stone-age technology.*

Water is represented by shiny deep blue glass beads.

Land is a combination of frosted green glass,
in spring green and evergreen shades,
with natural stone beads marking the mountains
and changes in elevation.

Cities are marked with shiny dichroic glass beads:
this necklace includes densely-populated cities
on or near Latitude 15 South.
If you would like any other cities marked,
please mention it in the "note to seller" area!

A magnetic clasp snaps the necklace together at Longitude 180,
the International Date Line over the Pacific Ocean.

If you would like to mark a special location on the necklace,
I can add a decorative copper bead at the location of your choice:
just send a conversation through Etsy, and let me know where you want it!

This necklace is part of the "Southern Hemisphere" series,
a group of 5 necklaces and a bracelet depicting Latitudes of the South:
the Equator, 15 South, 30 South, 45 South, 60 South, and 75 South.
http://www.etsy.com/shop/chainofbeing?section_id=8003835


*Not for use in actual Land or Sea Navigation.


15 South features the following landmarks:

Pacific Ocean
Fiji
Vanuatu Islands
Coral Sea
Cairns, Australia
Arafura Sea
Indian Ocean
Antalaha, Madagascar
Antonibe, Madagascar
Nampula, Mozambique
Lake Chilwa
Zomba, Malawi
Namibe, Angola
Atlantic Ocean
Salvador, Brasil
Jabotao des Guararapes, Brasil
Nuestra Senora de la Paz, Bolivia
Lima, Peru
French Polynesia
American Samoa Islands
International Date Line (clasp)

Length: 31.5 inches / 80 centimeters
Magnetic Clasp


Designer: Laura Cesari for Chain of Being - Spring 2011
Based on a pattern from Nature & Civilization

Designer's Note:

Translating latitudes into beads is absolutely fascinating:
I would love to make them all!

Please send a note through Etsy Conversations
if you would like any particular Latitude or Longitude represented in beads.


Please see our "Latitude & Longitude" section for more!
http://www.etsy.com/shop/chainofbeing?section_id=8003835


-- Read more about us! --

Interview with The Planetary Society:
"The Solar System, in Jewelry Form"
http://www.planetary.org/blog/article/00002565/

Interview with Craftzine:
"Artist Explores Universe through Solar System Necklaces"
http://blog.craftzine.com/archive/2010/04/artist_explores_universe_throu.html

Solar System Necklace in "Best of MAKE: 2010":
http://blog.makezine.com/archive/2010/12/best-of-make-online-2010-crafts.html

More info & updates!
chainofbeing.us
solarsystemnecklace.com
Laura Cesari
Jeremy Richardson

Latitude 15 South Necklace - Distance measured in Beads

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Overview

  • Handmade item
  • Materials: beads, glass, stone, blue, green
  • Feedback: 341 reviews
  • Ships worldwide from California, United States
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