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Kazak Silver and Onyx Necklace.

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This Tribal looking necklace combines a range of ovoid hand made brass and stamped silver "Kazak" beads, each seperated and complimented by 5mm shiny black onyx beads and ending at the back with handmade Sterling Silver Indian spacer beads and a "S" hook.

These "Kazak" beads have been made over the last decade in Afghanistan by refugee silversmiths working there, in some cases they have been working in their traditional styles there for many decades, some even fleeing Stalin long ago. These hollow brass beads, in a range of sizes, are decorated with filigree loops and stamped silver pyramids(which are said to represent Mulberries) the largest is inset with blue resin set with some stone chips used to imitate "Lapis" the next two in size have a dark blue resin infill, both of which go really well with the warm "old gold" of the brass.

We've used durable multi stranded Tiger Tail to thread them, which is the strongest we can get, however DON'T stretch or scrunch it as you can irreparably kink it if you do.

The sterling silver beads have some oxidation already, however when they need it they will respond well to a gentle polishing (of each bead whilst holding the stones on either side firmly) with a dry "Silver Polishing Cloth" but don't bend or stretch it by rubbing too hard.

(If you're careful you can give the silver a lift but try not to rub the brass and you'll encourage the rich contrast as it develops a darker patina. )

Although it appears heavy, these large beads are actually hollow and as it sits  on the collar bone it doesn't pull down or drag like a longer neck might.

Oh, and of course being a mix of "gold and silver" in one neck you can wear it with either as they'll both match ie rings etc.

 

Age: Contemporary

Size: L 497 mm x W 23 mm. (Largest bead L 26mm x W 23 mm.)

Weight: 59 grams.