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The "Haleh Necklace" is one in my series of "woman warrior necklaces," inspired by Native American breast plates, which were originally worn for physical and spiritual protection in hunting and in battle. This one is a mini version of the original larger ones I've been making and is named after Haleh Afshar (or Baroness Afshar), a prominent Iranian feminist. My hope is that this "warrior woman" can serve as a metaphor now, not for bravery in violence, but for standing together in peace and fighting for what we believe in.

This is a really lovely deep espresso-hued suede leather necklace made entirely by hand, inspired by Native American breast plates. Neck strap is braided from 4 pieces of finely cut suede which are then woven down the sides of the breast plate and allowed to hang long and free at the bottom. It is made with three rows of Native American hairpipe beads accented with genuine Swarovski crystal beads in a golden honey hue. The top two rows feature a blue howlite stone point at the center while the bottom row of bead work features a similar stone (again, blue howlite) but in more of a teardrop shape. Long fringe pieces at the bottom are also adorned with small feathers, tin cone beads, and a cluster of three small, mother of pearl discs. 3 of 4 ends are finished with blue howlite stone points, and the 4th is finished with a recycled spent 22 gauge bullet shell casing. I like the idea of repurposing bullet shells to have something harmless and beautiful emerging from them rather than destructive bullets. Suede is second hand (but in excellent condition), and feathers are found objects, no longer part of a living animal, so no animals were harmed in order to make this piece. Design and craftsmanship by Sunday French Toast :)

This would be an exquisite gift for a lady friend or even as a special present to yourself :) It will come carefully shipped to you so that all of its stones and feathers remain in excellent shape :)

Dimensions: Neckstrap measures approximately 27 in (68.5 cm) as pictured here, but the ends can be tied to be adjusted as you like. Breast plate section measures approximately 3 in (7.5 cm) in length, and fringe extends another 15 in (38 cm) below that.

If you have questions please shoot me an email before buying at sundayfrenchtoast [!at] gmail.com or convo me and I will be happy to give you all the information you need!

Shipping prices are for the United States for regular 2 – 8 day delivery via USPS First Class Mail and include delivery confirmation and a tracking number which I will send you once your package has shipped.

If you are an international customer and are interested in purchasing one of my items please send me an email or convo me and I will get you a specific shipping estimate based on your region.

Thanks for looking! :)

Haleh Necklace. Native American Breast Plate Inspired Leather Mini Necklace with Feather, Mother of Pearl, Howlite Points, Gift for Her


  • Handmade item
  • Materials: upcycled leather suede shirt, blue howlite, spent bullet shell casing, hairpipe beads, tin cone beads, Swarovski crystal beads, mother of pearl discs, silver jewelry wire, feathers
  • Only ships within United States.
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