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Ethnographic Fusion necklace

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African stone and Asian metal...often, tribal beads and components may be combined in such a way that they resemble contemporary art. Maybe its because so many of the late 19th and early 20th century western artists were inspired by the art of Africa and Polynesia?

This design looks quite bold and ancient when worn, the photos don't convey the texture and multiple dimensions of all those stone petals, with light filtering through and illuminating the stone. The warm colors leap to life every time the light shifts and are flattering to every skin tone.

The old paprika orange & earth red stone beads are African, and carnelian that may have originated in India generations ago. These interesting beads are hand shaped and drilled using primitive technology. Petal and vaguely arrow - head shaped, some are quite old, either early vintage or late antique while others appear fairly recent (mid 20th century, maybe? ).
Glossy contemporary agate to spice things up. The overall palette is primarily mid to deep carnelian with golden accents.

NOTE: In 1st photo I'm wearing the necklace at its longest length. The necklace is also photographed at its shortest length, on Veronica ( mannequin) and at the longest length as well, so you can see the difference as a contemporary sculptural collar or longer with more stone visible.

Pendant is vintage Hill Southeast Asian, and made of 'white brass'. Looks like silver but sturdier - this won't bend and the edges are nicely worn smooth, so no cuts or snags.
17" to 20" adjustable. Large artisan styled hook closure and Ethiopian coin silver beads on either side of the clasp allow this design to sit beneath a collar or hair without bulk.

Images and text are the Property/Intellectual Property of Helena Nelson Reed © 2013.

Ethnographic Fusion necklace


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  • Materials: stone, silver metals
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