RESERVED +Pearl Mala Necklace With Removable Bronze Pendant + Convertible + Nontraditional + Boulder Opal + Ancient Shell Beads

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RESERVED +Pearl Mala Necklace With Removable Bronze Pendant + Convertible + Nontraditional + Boulder Opal + Ancient Shell Beads

330.00

A most unusual 108 bead mala made with hundreds of pearls, with boulder opal and ancient beads.  Fully convertible, it can be doubled or worn without the pendant.

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This wonderful necklace evolved into a very unconventional piece.  I had started out with the intention to make a strand of prayer or Spirit Beads, almost all with pearls.  As I worked I thought it was becoming something like a mala, but I didn't worry about counting the beads.  Malas are traditionally made with 108 beads...or 54, 36, 27, 18, or 9: numbers that can be multiplied to make 108.  When the necklace was finished, though, I counted the larger beads out of curiosity and there were exactly 108!  I guess it really was meant to be a mala.  

Almost every bead is a luminous freshwater pearl, and there are dozens of sizes and shapes.  A few white Australian boulder opal beads are scattered among them, along with ancient shell from Asia, just to bring the ancestors in.  There is a single larger bead made of agate which is also ancient, and it was made in India.  These are the beads that add up to 108 and they range in size from 3mm to 13mm.  Between them are tiny seed pearls which act as spacers, in several varieties.  I've been having trouble finding more of these, and this is the last of many of them for the time being.

The pendant is a large, primitive disc made from bronze metal clay.  I took the raw clay out to the Mojave desert in California when I went last year.  This piece was made in the wilderness near the Turtle and Stepladder Mountains, pressed into a stone resting on the desert floor and dried in the warm sun.  At home it was kiln fired and lightly buffed to a soft shine.  

I made a simple, hammered bronze S hook to attach the disc to the necklace.  This can be easily removed and you can place it anywhere you please on the strand, or you can leave it off entirely and wear the strand by itself.  You can wear the necklace long, with the pendant or without, or you can double it and slip the S hook over both strands to secure them.  It's possible to wear it doubled without the pendant, but the strands may not stay in place as well.  

The bronze disc serves as a guru bead on the strand, but if you remove it, the larger agate bead makes a good guru bead itself!  So you have many options with this one.

I strung the beads on Beadalon 49 strand beading wire for maximum durability.

SIZE:  The necklace measures 25 1/2", or 64cm, from the back of your neck to the bottom of the bronze disc when worn.  Doubled it measures 13 1/2" or 33.5cm from the back of your neck to the bottom of the bronze disc.

CARE:   This one is pretty durable and you can rinse it in cool water to clean.  Avoid soap or heavy lotions or oils with pearls and the ancient shell as it can dull and discolor them.  It's fine to wash the bronze disc any way you please.

PRESENTATION:  This necklace will come to you beautifully giftwrapped.  See my shop policies below for details.

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