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A Fish Swims on a Necklace of Antique Crystal, Brass & Lapis

SKU: 2189
    • Talented Afghani craftsmen have done it again. This delightful, etched brass fish has been inlaid with lapis. It is an antique pendant, measuring 2” L (5cm) x 1” W (2.5cm). The etching displays the fish’s fins as well as a leafy design (which could well be Islamic).
    • The fish pendant hangs between two lapis discs (11m), followed by turquoise beads (10mm).  This combination continues throughout the design.
    • Four antique carved crystal leaves (17mm) add a clarity and lightness to the necklace.
    • The main part of the necklace is made up of vintage, West African, handmade brass beads, using the lost wax technique of casting. The craftsman who made these beads would have been members of the Baoule tribe. They were prolific producers of brass charms and ornaments. The Baoule are the original descendants of the Ashanti tribes of Ghana
    • The two open-work triangular brass beads are 24mm W x 10mm thick.
    • The middle brass beads with more open-work, measure 34mm L x 10mm thick. And the last two brass beads are coiled and flat, measuring  24mm x 4mm.
    • The final two, vintage, handmade beads, are from Afghanistan, using 18ct gold on silver, on hardened resin. This is an ancient technique learned from the Greek artisans who came with Alexander the Great in 350BC.
    • A 14ct gold vermeil toggle clasp has been used because toggle clasps are easy to use and secure. My silver name label is attached at the clasp.
    • The necklaces come, like all my necklaces, with its own colour co-ordinated silk brocaded pouch bag, made by a Shanghai tailor.
    • The necklace 17.5” long (44cm) with a 2” (5cm) pendant drop.                  


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