Long African Necklace,Long Tassel Necklace,Fringe Necklace,Spindle bead,Tassel Jewelry,Tassel Necklace,Beaded Necklace,Long Necklace,Tribal

Long African Necklace,Long Tassel Necklace,Fringe Necklace,Spindle bead,Tassel Jewelry,Tassel Necklace,Beaded Necklace,Long Necklace,Tribal

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Long African Necklace,Long Tassel Necklace,Spindle bead,Tassel Jewelry,Tassel Necklace,Mustard Hebron Beads,Beaded Necklace,Long Necklace

Part of my new Silk Road Collection. The Silk Road was a series of trade and cultural transmission routes that were central to cultural interaction through regions of the Asian continent connecting the West and East by linking traders, merchants, pilgrims, monks, soldiers, nomads, and urban dwellers from China and India to the Mediterranean Sea during various periods of time. Pieces in this collection pay homage to the ancient road whereby cultures blended and philosophies passed on. I've used beads and focals from many of the countries along the route...such as China, the Indian subcontinent, Persia, Europe, and Arabia. I hope you like it.

This tribally inspired necklace is one of my go-to pieces. I raided my African bead collection and pulled my favorites and combined them in this marvelous statement piece. Hand-strung tiny brass beads make up the 'chain' with a few pyrite and larger brass beads strung on for good measure. The focal of the piece however is the large black and white spindle whorl bead and the Hebron glass beads in mustard. From these I've handmade a metal tassel in oxidized silver chain and more of the tiny brass beads from above. Finished with a gunmetal clasp and a gold fill extender chain.

Spindle whorls have been used for centuries in the cotton-making industry. These beads are from Mali in W. Africa and made from the charcoal black clay found in abundance in the hills around Mopti and Kati. The beads are individually shaped by hand, then pierced with a sharp stick or nail to create the perforation hole. While still moist, designs are cut into the surface of the clay using a razor,hacksaw blade, or stick.
The beads are left out in the sun to dry for up to a week before they are fired in charcoal braziers or camp fires. Once cool, the beads are immersed into a whitewash liquid made from ground shells to color the carved sections. This process may be repeated several times to enhance the whiteness of the lines.
These mustard Hebron beads were created in the Middle East in the town on Hebron up to 400 years ago, then traded in Africa in the 1800s.

Total length: 33 inches plus 2 inch extender



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