This original design necklace features as its focal piece a large, yet simple vintage Tuareg prayer box that has a lovely patina from years and years of being lovingly worn. There are four strands of very tiny (27-29 beads per inch) of 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 closure on this piece is a red glass button from the 1950s. This necklace is 22” long which is Oh So in vogue right now. The tassels that hang off of the closure are tipped with sweet little pieces of red branch coral.
I believe the proper way to store this necklace is to hang it. If you just toss it into your jewelry box it will get tangled up and you will spend exasperating time untangling it.
I suggest that if you live near the sea where the air is salty, that you keep this necklace in a container that will protect the metal from rusting.
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.
See more items from Zazzu Zazzu's Virtual Storefront at Sacramento.Shop/Zazzu