A beautiful natural piece of creamy Mother of Pearl, shaped like an anchor and with a creamy off-white iridescent silky colour and texture, set into a rustic silver soldered metal cap, oxidized to bring out the organic textured. Dangling alongside a one-sided cast pewter hand (hand cast in sand).
Length: The stainless steel chain is surgical steel and adjustable up to around 23 inches (58 cm) from end to end
Pendant height: The MOP is around 5 inches (14 cm)
Closing with a handmade tinned copper hook.
Abalone and mother of pearl has a long history of use in cultures around the world, particularly in Africa and North American. Abalone meat is used as food, and the shell has been used as currency for many tribal cultures. It is has also been commonly used in amuletic adornment and, of course, jewelry.
Here in Australia, shell necklaces were originally made as an adornment, and as gifts and tokens of honour, and as objects to be traded with other sea and land peoples for tools or for ochre used in important ceremonies. Archaeologist Rhys Jones found a cremation within a cultural living place dating back at least 2000 years containing shells that had been pierced for a necklace (source: National Museum Australia).
It is my intention that my work honours and respects these traditions rather than appropriates them. I use salvaged MOP (these are remnants and off-cuts from MOP that is used for things like buttons, guitar frets etc).
Soldered surfaces are sealed with a wax polish. Clean with a soft damp cloth. An occasional coat of wax polish or oil will preserve the patina.
My work is purposefully rustic and raw. I use salvaged and repurposed elements as much as possible. Rather than sterling or fine silver I prefer to use base metals (tin, copper and brass) which I manipulate and play with to add texture and dimension. Far from a compromise, I love the look of these materials and using them in my work allows me to create bold pieces which take no prisoners; big stones and chunky chains. Beautifully broken jewelry for the free of spirit and wild at heart.
1-3 business days
Buyers are responsible for any customs and import taxes that may apply. I'm not responsible for delays due to customs.
Just contact me within: 14 days of delivery
Ship items back to me within: 21 days of delivery
Request a cancellation within: 0 hours of purchase
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
Buyers are responsible for return shipping costs. If the item is not returned in its original condition, the buyer is responsible for any loss in value.
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Yes, I am continuing to ship internationally (from here in Australia). However, most countries are experiencing delays to shipping as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic.
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All my items are securely packaged and wrapped in new and clean recycled packaging.
I try to keep my environmental footprint as light as possible so I use ephemera (vintage sewing pattern tissue, old unwanted books and Atlases) in my wrapping.
Absolutely. What's the point of jewelry you aren't going to wear! Shopping online is convenient, but sometimes you need to see a thing up-close and and in-person to know how you really feel about it. If you'd like to return your item, just let me know within 14 days of delivery (please note: purchasers are responsible for return postage costs but I will issue a refund upon proof of postage, so you don't have to wait).
My work is purposefully raw. I use natural stones, crystals and salvaged materials, as these hold more meaning than shiny new things. My aesthetic celebrates the signposts; stitches, tool marks, natural texture and patina - these tell the story of a pieces' journey with me. I love that one of my customers described my work as 'beautifully broken' because there is great beauty in what some consider to be imperfection.
Pricing is one of the hardest things for an artist. I try to keep my prices accessible, whilst reflecting the time and materials that have gone into creating. When you purchase one of my pieces you are getting something that is unique and which has taken many hours to create.
My process is very organic and personal so, the short answer is no, I don't generally take custom orders. However, please feel free to reach out to me if you have something in mind. I've worked with several of my regular customers to create a piece that uses a material or object that holds a special meaning for them.