Statement Necklace of Tibetan Brass, Amazonite, Coral & Coins
- Layered with interest, colour and texture, this is a show-stopper necklace. It is also a conversation piece.
- To begin in the centre of the necklace, Tibet reigns, with an embossed brass bead (25 mm), flanked by two handmade Tibetan beads, using brass as the base and inlaying the barrel shaped beads (25 mm x 22 mm) with coral and lapis. Their craftsmanship is both masterful and imaginative. It is amazing how much work has been spent on a 25 mm bead!
- Natural blue/green amazonite discs (20 mm) punctuate the necklace.
- Burgundy coloured, large bamboo coral cylinders (23 mm) harp back to the colours of the Tibetan beads.
- Vintage Chinese coins harmonize with the vintage, lost wax brass, open work beads (20 mm) from West Africa.
- Two handmade, vintage, traditional Afghan melon beads (13 mm), created using 18ct gold on silver on hardened resin, a technique learned from the craftsmen who came to Afghanistan in 330 BC with Alexander the Great.
- I have then knotted the silk/polyester cord with the traditional Chinese “flat knot” as well as the “button knot”. This is not only a classical Chinese technique, but it lightens the necklace and makes it quite comfortable to wear.
- 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 necklace comes, like all my necklaces, with its own colour co-ordinated silk brocaded pouch bag, made by a Shanghai tailor.
- The necklace is 43 cm long (17").