Ancient Bactrian Glass Choker Necklace + Primitive + Rustic + Organic + Artisan Boho Style + Statement Necklace

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Ancient Bactrian Glass Choker Necklace + Primitive + Rustic + Organic + Artisan Boho Style + Statement Necklace

260.00

Like water suspended in motion on an earthy leather cord

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:: At the Spring ::

Water in the desert is precious and treated with reverence as a life source.  Encountering a spring of clear, fresh water deep in a canyon is a revelation.  This beautiful, large fragment of ancient Bactrian glass looks like swirling water frozen in time, with its luminous translucent aqua spangled with iridescent white foam.  The ancient kingdom of Bactria in Central Asia was contemporary with ancient Rome, and it was a center of knowledge and technological advancement.  The double-humped Bactrian camel derives its name from this place.  

I've had this treasure in my studio for some years now, knowing that someday it would become a very special pendant.  From its shape I would guess that it was once part of the bottom of a bottle, carafe, or bowl.  To show off its color and texture to greatest advantage, I set it high on a choker necklace, set on a wrapped silver bail.  Next to it is a fine silver metal clay bead that I impressed by rolling a crinoid fossil across the raw clay prior to firing.  Crinoids were primordial water creatures, similar to sea anemones, and a stem fragment was what I used here.  

The cord is heavy 6mm leather which I've treated with Obenauf's Leather Oil, a leather conditioner made with various oils and waxes.  I created a pendant bail for the glass, spring ends, and an oval clasp out of sterling silver wire which was hammered on desert rock, oxidized, and hand finished to a matte shine.  

This is a simple but dramatic piece, primitive and full of the history of a distant, exotic desert land...it is also a celebration, honoring and evocation of the life-giving power of water in the desert.

SIZE:  The cord is 17" long, with the glass pendant hanging 2 7/8" below it. 

CARE:  Do not immerse in water; clean with a soft, damp cloth.  The leather can be polished with a jeweler's polishing cloth, and the leather can be conditioned with Obenauf's or a similar product.  

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

++ Shipping is included in the price ++  Shipping with insurance to Canada and Australia is available for an extra charge ++ 

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