This fabulous piece of silver from the tiny, ancient fishing town of Essaouria in West Morocco, has hand engravings and dangles on chains. The dangles are more show than tell, as they have a very muted sound. The pattern is indicative of that region.
I deliberately underscored the visual impact of the beads, and chose a strange turquoise coloured stone with an unpolished finish, acquired from Afghanistan, to complement the gorgeous silver.
The necklace is finished with two curved bars ending in a sterling silver toggle clasp.
I wear all my pieces for a few hours to test their weight and thus comfort level, and ensure nothing presses on the back of the neck to cause discomfort. This too passes my stringent tests.
As with all my creations, this is a unique, individual, one off that took me hours and hours to get just right. I collect all my components by scrabbling in souks and hessian bags and dusty shops for the most unique treasures my dealers can part with. You will be the new custodian of a piece of wearable art, that has its own story. Imagine if these beads could speak.