Necklace with Neolithic Serpentine Beads and Fine Silver Beads & Pendant


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Necklace of Neolithic serpentine beads with my charm beads and box pendant in fine silver, on a handmade fine silver chain.

A strong piece, full of spirals and ancient, powerful vitality. The green serpentine beads are some of the oldest I have worked with, dating back to the Neolithic age around 5,000 years ago. They are marked by their travels through time, worn into interesting shapes by the cords they were strung on and the other beads they rubbed against through the millennia.

This shade of green, deep yet also vibrant, reminds me of the life energy of plants and the earth, and I have combined these beads with fine silver ring charms and a hollow box pendant all decorated in the spirals of many cultures. Greek tesselating patterns, Roman spiral borders, and the Celtic triple spiral all made their way onto this piece from texture sheets I created.

All these elements come together on a strong but supple fine silver chain that I wove. The large, worn holes of the beads and the open centers of the ring charms make this necklace move and flow in organic and random patterns, and it is very comfortable to wear despite its size, as it conforms to the wearer’s shape and movements.

Necklace is 22 inches long, with a silver S-clasp. The box pendant is a bit under 1 inch long by 1 1/4 inch long at the widest, and 1/2 inch thick at the base. The silver charms range from 6.5 to 12 mm, and the serpentine beads are 8 to 13 mm in diameter.