19th century, North Africa
Jewels spends years collecting old coral and consistently checks in with her sources around Morocco who know what she likes. It takes a long time to collect just the right sizes and shapes for a piece like this, as these beads weren’t made yesterday!
Then there’s the matter of the French bakelite amulet, such and fabulous object!! This early bakelite was made for the African trade and valued as amber. In fact it is sometimes called French amber. The shape of is is such modern art! That is art of the early 20th century when the greats like Moore, Picasso, Braque, Matisse, Gauguin, etc. were looking at a lot of ethnographic art.
This is a piece to collect and pass down to your children. They will (should) thank you.
One of a kind
Necklace length: 36″
Bakelite amulet: 1.5 x7/8 x 3/8″