Antique and Ancient Agate Beads + Choker Necklace + Excavated Stone Beads + Pre-Columbian Shell + Organic + Desert Primitive + Designer Necklace

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Antique and Ancient Agate Beads + Choker Necklace + Excavated Stone Beads + Pre-Columbian Shell + Organic + Desert Primitive + Designer Necklace

380.00

A dense cluster of ancient stone beads hanging from a heavy leather cord give this necklace a prehistoric look

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:: Agate Dancers ::

Here we have a beautiful collection of very old agate beads surrounding a Pre-Columbian shell centerpiece.  These agate beads are favorites of mine, with their soft surfaces, aged appearance and subtle, creamy hues.  They were made in the 1500s at latest, but they may be quite a bit older.  The agate was mined in Africa, then traded to India where it was made into beads which were then traded back to Africa.  These were excavated there, in north Africa, most likely Mali.  Who originally wore them?  What stories can they tell?

The center pendant is a curiously shaped Pre-Columbian shell amulet from Columbia.  It resembles a tooth, but I know nothing further about it.  It, too, may be very old.

I set each piece individually on a handmade wire wrapped head pin of sterling silver or brass.  These were hammered, oxidized and hand finished individually, and each one swings freely on the cord, which is 6mm heavy leather.  Some of the beads have extra beads of cast bronze or African brass on the ends above the head pins.  

The closure consists of two spring ends and an S hook, all of hammered and oxidized sterling silver which has also been hand finished to match the bead's settings.  

I love the way this necklace turned out.  The way that the beads and shell all cluster together looks very primal and sculptural, prehistoric and contemporary at the same time.  Sure to become a treasured favorite!

CARE:  Wipe with a soft, damp cloth to clean.  The metal can be brightened with a silver polishing cloth.

SIZE:  The cord with closure is 18 1/4" long.  The cluster of beads hangs 2" below it when worn.  

PRESENTATION:  This necklace will come to you giftwrapped in hand-decorated  and recycled earth-friendly packaging.  See my shop policies below for details.

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