High visibility bohemian jewellery, with contemporary flair.
A multicultural necklace, this one is made with vintage Ghanaian Krobo beads, a Moroccan enamelled circus tent bead, and a focal pendant from Afghanistan that I picked up on my travels in Bangkok from an Afghani trader. The necklace is finished with a toggle clasp, although at 26.5" long, it is probably possible to slip over your neck easily - but why ruin a good hair day?
Some of the beads are lined with gold foil and glow gently, while others have a matte finish, the two closest to the pendant are of polymer clay and made by me with a rustic patinated finish. This piece is seriously sophisticated, and will take you anywhere when you wish to be noticed and reckoned with.
A ghazal is a poem set to music - and that's the feeling I get when I look at this necklace. The soft tinkling of the bells on the end of the tassels reminds me of gentler times; a swaying of voluminous skirts, braided tresses, perfumed air, candlelight, and a beautiful, wistful woman singing softly to herself or to her loved one.
And yet, although the pendant, from Afghanistan is a vintage piece, set with colourful glass, the other elements are contemporary and bring the necklace bang into the 21st century - titanium plated quartz nuggets, and lost wax castbeads from Kenya. A cloisonne enamelled clasp from China finishes the piece perfectly.
I would wear it with a modern little black dress with a high neckline - and this will be a simple, yet stunningly effective ensemble with a twist. The elements span two continents and yet seem to belong together perfectly.
The necklace is 21" long, and the pendant is 3.6" long with a 3" tassel fringe and a toggle clasp.