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SOJOURN-Necklace with African Brass Trade Beads, Turquoise, Jade and Labradorite

This necklace features a brass focal bead which  has been handmade by lost-wax casting and is still made today as in primitive metalworking.
Turquoise is another "old" stone revered by many civilizations and is complimented by natural Nephrite Jade barrels and rounds. Old African Bauxite handmade beads are enhanced by the small brass trade bead spacers and rice beads. Labradorite chips add a dimensional quality.
The necklace  measures 30" and has a brass toggle clasp. Each bead used in trade has an unknown past of great interest and collectible value.

BRASS TRADE BEADS-Brass has been used in many forms in Africa and still is today. There intricate spiral and woven beads have been made in different regions by lost wax casting. Many of the small bicones and heishi spacers beads have their origin as prayer beads from Ethiopia and Kenya. The various forms have been used in trade for goods, which is why they are called trade beads.

BAUXITE TRADE BEADS- Bauxite is a kind of aluminium ore and is a beautiful dark rusty chestnut color. These wonderful old beads are cut, carved, polished and drilled by hand in Africa. Most of the production of bauxite beads today is in Ghana, African, in a small village called Akyem Abompe. It is a unique center of bead production where practically each family is maintaining themselves through manufacture of beads. The patina of bauxite beads is warm and earthy and the most beautiful are said to be the ones which have been worn for a while and have absorbed natural human oil and sweat.

TURQUOISE- Egyptians prized Turquoise as a Life Stone. The oldest pieces of jewelry set with this gem are four bracelets found on the mummified arm of Queen Zar. She ruled in Egypt about 5500 BC.
Highly revered in Tibet, a Turquoise stone was carried throughout one's entire life. Turquoise is considered to be a symbol of generosity, sincerity, and affection.

JADE  It is a classic prosperity stone. It promotes the flow of money and abundance.
115 USD