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Shrimp Bead Necklace


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Shrimp Bead Necklace   This necklace includes:
*Hand made glass beads by Karen Ovington
*Shibuichi and sterling animals by Bob Burkett
*Large sterling bead with shrimp
*Lemon Chrysoprase
*Sterling beads and chain

Length:  29.5" (75 cm)
Tassel:  5" (13 cm)
Shrimp bead:  1.75" (4.5 cm)
Bumpy bead:  1" (2.5 cm)
Weight:  5.8 oz (180 gm)

  Item #223             Lost in Fire
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This handsome chain offers a wonderful selection of beads! The centerpiece shrimp bead is beautifully designed, with a lovely shape. It is hollow, but the walls are quite heavy so there is no chance it can be dented in normal wear.

Karen Ovington's fantastic glass beads (the bumpy one and the cubic one) have a matte finish and beautiful subtle color which probably doesn't come through very well in the photo. I decorated one of them with a little wire bead which I learned to make from Lynne Merchant. Lynne taught me wire work. The wire beads in this piece and the chain come from her instruction (thank you Lynne!!!).

Bob Burkett's fabulous frog beads and bee work with the shrimp theme. Bob is a master wax carver whose tiny beads have incredible detail. One of the frogs and the bee are shibuichi, an alloy of copper and silver which produces the wonderfully warm colors you see here. The frog is said to sing the songs that bring the rain, and symbolizes cleansing (Medicine Cards). To the industrious bee, Ted Andrews gives the keynote of fertility and the honey of life. He also notes that they are long-time symbols for accomplishing the impossible (e.g., science for a long time considered their flight impossible). (Animal-Speak) I feel fortunate to have a beautiful leather bound 1911 copy of Maurice Maeterlinck's The Life of the Bee. It is quite an amazing little treatise, not on apiculture per se, but a reflection about bees from a man who kept them for 20 years. Modern scientific work on bee communication and social structures is nothing short of amazing.

The bits of lemon chrysoprase in the tassel pick up the color in Karen's beads. Chrysoprase is mentioned in Revelation 21:19-20 "And the foundations of the wall of the city were garnished with all manner of precious stones...the tenth, a chrysoprasus..."

Pyrite is the classic "fools gold." Actually, I don't know if the beads in this piece are pyrite or marcasite. The two names are often used interchangeably in the marketplace. Both substances have the same chemical composition (FeS
2), however they have different crystal structures.

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