Just made this today!
Large and heavy necklace….inspired by jewelry made by tribal people such as the Dayaks of Borneo, Nagas of India/Nepal/Burma , and various South Pacific Island tribes.
I acquired the warthog tusk from The Bone Room in California many years ago when I lived out there. So , yes, they are legit and not illegal. The Conus shells come from Indonesia, they are a type of currency in some parts. The skull beads are bone from Tibet. The large blue beads are new “vaseline ” beads (and are a beautiful transparent cobalt blue!) and the small beads are antique padres, or wound glass beads. Some of them are transparent in the sunlight.
From conus shell to conus shell, this necklace measures 21″.The bead strands in the back measure a bit under 7″. The necklace itself weighs 11 ounces!
This piece is strung n 100% heavy woven cotton chord.There are additional beads strung within the hollow tusks. Also, behind each conus shell is a vintage mother of pearl button.
This is an amazing and striking statement piece. Not meant to be a costume piece, unless of course you are putting together a SERIOUS costume for a themed event. I was almost tempted to keep this for myself, but I have enough necklaces and am always making more.
You can view it here in my Etsy Store
To learn more about Dayak people CLICK HERE
To learn more about Naga people CLICK HERE