This beautiful necklace is 8 strands of very tiny French cut steel beads from the Edwardian Era (approximately 1890’s to 1920). These beads were originally used in the making of the lovely ladies beaded handbags that were popular at the time.
These bags have since become valuable collector's items. I buy damaged bags and harvest the beads for my jewelry designs. Just disassembling those bags is an exercise in patience, however, the fluidity that these little gems provide is worth the work. The vintage amulets and charms on this piece are mostly bone, fossilized walrus tusk, Neolithic African quartz beads, Tibetan bone mala skulls, Native American arrow headset in sliver, Thai amulet set in silver, African glass, Jade Cicada, deer antler tip and worm casing from the Caribbean.
The closure is a bone ring and a vintage mahjong marker toggle with two vintage African tubular “bumpy’ beads. 10” in length but can be shortened a few of inches.
More About the Artist
Zazzu Zazzu is all about color, texture, imperfections, signs of wear and age, from the sacred to the mundane, all the intricate details that combine to make the tapestry of life most interesting. I am always curious about the story behind the various elements I use in my designs and the story it will have going forward. Here you will find an eclectic collection of upcycled, one of a kind, accessories. My collections include jewelry, belts, and bags. You will also occasionally find upcycled clothing and original design leather items. My intention is for this space to provide a visually sumptuous experience.
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