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The colors in this design are found in the traditional wool carpets of Afghanistan: deep lapis lazuli and warm red shades. Silver, a touch of yellow, turquoise and earthy burnt sienna counter and balance the darker shades.

Vintage Kuchi pendant, 20th century (mid 1960's), solid, all edges worn smooth. Nice example of the classic Kuchi genre made of alpaca or other alloys paired with foil backed and faceted glass, then adorned with metal chains. The flexibility and movement of these wired chains balances the solid rectangle, bringing the simple rectangle to life, transforming the entire piece. As the wearer moves, Kuchi pendants dance to life via swaying chains, beads, and the juxtaposition of shifting light & shadow.

In the spirit of tribal tradition I've added a cache of colorful beads. The contemporary glass millefiori remind me of North African ceramic, glazed mosaic. Their sunny, intense patterns accent the deep colors of the necklace rather well.

Rough cut lapis nuggets from Afghanistan, possibly cut & shaped in China
Vintage Ethiopian amber resin. contemporary amber resin,
1 antique African millefiori trade bead near the clasp for luck
assorted glass and stone beads

Adjustable 19 to 23 inches, and tribal bead dangle at end of adjustment chain

5th photo shows this necklace displayed with another design, am example of layering different tribal styles. The 2nd design will have its own listing.

Treasured Kuchi Wanderer lapis lazuli & vintage pendant


  • Handmade item
  • Materials: amber resins, resin, glass, silver metal alloy, stone
  • Ships worldwide from Canada
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