I have combined African trade beads from my personal collection with wood, gemstone, carved bone, brass and vintage shell heishi beads to make this updated boho necklace. These African trade beads are over 100 years old. Italians have been making beads for centuries. Beads from Venice were used by European explorers and traders arriving in West Africa as early as the 16th century. They were bartered for incense, tortoiseshell, horn, oils, timber, iron, and other precious materials. Hence, the name African trade beads. Because they are antique and handmade, irregularities should be expected. This contributes to their historical significance and value.
The carved bone fish is 2" long and the necklace is 22" long and closes with a handmade brass hook.
This necklace is lovingly handmade in my home studio in San Francisco. My creations are a mix of antique, vintage, and new parts. I have loved working with “found” objects for as long as I can remember! Ever since I started in the '60s, creating jewelry has been a source of immense joy and therapy.