AUD $240.00
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Kazak Silver and Onyx Necklace.

 Sorry, this bold neck is no longer available but if we get more bits I might do it again, just ask.

This impressively Tribal looking necklace is made up with Tribal components but because of the large Onyx beads would work just as well on a Business woman. Combining a range of hand made brass and stamped silver "Kazak" beads, each seperated and complimented by large 13 mm shiny black Onyx beads and ending at the back with handmade Sterling Silver spacer beads and a large plain "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. The brass beads, in a range of sizes, are decorated with filigree loops and stamped silver pyramids (which are actually said to represent Mulberries) the largest is a personal favourite of mine, is a "bicone" measuring 57 mm x 23 mm. (What I like most about it is if you turn it 90 degrees the silver looks like a fantasy of a Russian fairytale city skyline.)

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 high 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 515 mm x W 23 mm. (Largest bead L 57 mm x W 23 mm.)

Weight: 112 grams.