Primitive Hammered Sterling Link Talisman Necklace + Fossils + Ancient Ivory and Beads + Artifacts

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Primitive Hammered Sterling Link Talisman Necklace + Fossils + Ancient Ivory and Beads + Artifacts

315.00

A dreamer wandering through the desert, gathering talismans as she goes…

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:: Dreamer Wandering ::

A strange and magical talisman, full of twists and turns and changes of scenery, with fragments of past lives collected along the way.  

Making this necklace was a journey in itself, beginning with the curious object at the very bottom which dangles from a long stem of silver.  This is an ancient tooth of either a walrus or seal which was worked into scribe-like tool by the northern people of St. Lawrence Island many years ago.  It was polished recently, transformed into a talisman that is very pleasing to hold.  Above it on the silver is a disc of bronze which was molded from a vulture's feather and a tiny fine silver ring.  The link above it holds a Pre-Columbian shell bead from South America.  

All of the sterling silver links and fine silver rings in this piece were hammered on desert rock, oxidized, wrapped and hand finished to a matte shine.  They were made one at a time, as needed, and put into place before the next link was created.  The large bronze ring was molded from a shed pronghorn's horn cover found on Otero Mesa in southern New Mexico.  Two more talismans hang from it, a fragment of fossilized dinosaur eggshell with a pebbled surface, and a sterling silver pendant molded from a white granite boulder in the Cadiz Valley deep in the Mojave desert.  A fourth talisman hangs from the large fine silver ring above the bronze ring, an agate bead that is at least several hundred years old and may be older.  It was made in India from African stone, and traded back to Africa centuries ago.  

On the links of the necklace is a fragment of ancient St. Lawrence Island ivory, a tiny shell bead from Afghanistan which is 2-3,000 years old, and a piece of golden jasper.  Above the silver links the necklace is beaded with tiny Mali clay beads accented with picture and golden jasper, and African myrrh resin tears.  The beaded strands are attached to the links with Thai fine silver seed beads.  

Although it is easily long enough to slip over your head, this necklace has a hook closure that fastens onto the largest silver ring.  

I love adornments that are interesting far more than jewelry that is merely pretty.  This is definitely one of those pieces, like a wandering journey through a primal landscape.

SIZE:  21 1/3" from the back of your neck to the end of the ancient tooth, when worn.

CARE:  Handle with care as the ancient teeth, fossils and Mali clay beads are fragile.  Do not immerse this piece in water.  Clean with a soft, damp cloth if necessary.  The silver can be polished with a jeweler's polishing cloth.

PRESENTATION: This necklace will come to you beautifully giftwrapped in a large earth-friendly and recycled gift box.  Please see the Shop Policies below for details.

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