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Upcycled Antique Silver Fire Agate Ethnic Necklace

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* I acquired a few antique silver pieces from one of my trips to India. These were not in great shape but had excellent craftmanship and design. I believe that this one must be 50+ years old if not more. I kept these with me for few years not sure how I could repurpose these as they were broken in a few places and there were no gemstones on it. I wanted to be sure as an artist that I make these wearable again and keep the design harmonious and complimentary to the original.
When I saw fire agate beads at one of the gem shows I knew immediately what to do with them. These fire agate beads seemed to be made just to go along with this old silver piece. The patina on the silver kind of takes on the colors of the beads and vice-versa. I used both silver and copper wire to match the patina on the old silver. I took out the silver chains (some of them were missing or broken). I then added the wire wrapped charms, a total of 37 in all, to the main piece. I wanted the overall design to do justice to the beautiful ornate silver work; each individually hand-wrapped with two Sunstone beads using cooper wire and one Fire Agate bead on silver wire. Needless to say it was tedious but absolutely worth it. I then Soldered sterling silver chain on the back to make it into a necklace along with the clasp.
The necklace is choker length with extender to make it 16 inches.


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Upcycled Antique Silver Fire Agate Ethnic Necklace


Overview

  • Handmade item
  • Materials: Antque silver, sterling silver, fire agate, sunstone, copper wire
  • Ships from United States to select countries.
  • Feedback: 76 reviews
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