This is Doyle's and my latest collaboration, it was great fun making the dentalium shell drops using copper pins and copper rondelle spacers. This lends them great strength and will help avoid breakage. I can't wait to try making earrings this way!
I really enjoyed hand making the copper wire loops that support the pendant too, I guess wire jewelry is in my blood now!
The pendant Doyle made is based on an actual Conch Pendant found in an Ancient Temple Mound in the Nashville area. The shell itself is a creamy pink brown that reminds me of Bavarian Chocolate!
The copper disks are actually hammered copper pennies, as was traditional for Native Americans, they had quite a tidy business in making jewelry from hammered coins.
This necklace is being offered on our Etsy site and the ad for it runs below:
Large Tribal Swirl Carved Whelk Conch Sea Shell Gorget Pendant Jasper Jade Nugget Necklace with Copper Accents.
Round Shaped 55mm Hand Carved Conch Sea Shell and Dentalium Necklace Ancient Late Mississippian Era 1350-1500ad. Beautiful, Creamy Pink Marble Conch with Carved Conch Graduated Baroque Whelk Shell Center Beads and Chunky Jade and Jasper Nuggets. Included in the strand are Genuine Dentalium Shell Beads for added appeal and contrast. The Moss Jasper and Dark Green Jade Influence adds color and texture. This is a Visually Mesmerizing with its Swirling Universe of Stars Center .
The Necklace is strongly secured with a Solid Copper Lobster Claw Clasp that adds both security and today's latest fashion Look. This choker will come with its own wooden glass topped gift box for attractive display between outings.
We Recreate These Timeless Treasures to Bring Back to Life the Unique and Beautiful Adornments worn by Ancient Peoples and normally only seen in Natural History Museums.
Only a Person of Great Importance would have owned such a piece and it was believed to have great powers it bestowed on the Person who wore it. It symbolizes the Very Spirit of The Ancients!
Doyle has worked for several days on this pendant and is now ready to let it go to just the right person who will appreciate the symbolism and strength of this piece, as well as all the hard work and concentration it took to create it.
This Pendant is outlined and hung on a 20" Chunky Conch Shell and Nugget Jasper and Jade with Copper spacers for an even Earthier Look and Feel. This is the Ultimate Chieftan Medallion as well as being well suited for Historical Reenactors and Persons who appreciate the Ancient Arts..
This Necklace was made from Conch Shells Hand Collected by my Husband and Myself, my Husband cut the Pendant from the Heart of the Conch Shell, He then Shaped and Hand Polished it to Perfection. I then used my skills to Select the Design and Create this One of a Kind Jewelry made from All Natural Materials and Built to Last Generations.
Conch and Whelk Shell are considered Spiritual Objects by all Peoples around the World. They have been also used as Money and Signs of High Rank in Primitive Society.
I like to think these Gifts from the Sea Connect with You and Radiate Your Good Feelings Back Out to the Universe. They certainly do have a Grounded, Earthy Feeling that cannot be shown with pictures or described with words. They are very hard to take off or put down.
I Hope This Necklace and Earrings Set brings you all the Goodness in this Life You Need, and my Best Wishes Go With Them to You.
This necklace is offered for purchase in our Etsy Shop Here.