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Pre Columbian Spondylus Beads



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Ancient beads from Central or South America are strung “randomly”, woven cord between each making for an organic, spot of color, and easy to wear bracelet.  Spondylus, also known as spiney oyster, was a shell traded all the way into the Southwest, among the Anasazi.

One of a kind

Largest bead: 5/16″
Length: 7.75″

19th – early 20th century, Souss-Massa region, Morocco
An old and worn silver charm with red glass set at the center, a classic among the Ida Ou Nadif, an Amazigh people, is a protective charm, warding off the evil eye.  Jewels paired this amulet with antique black glass trade bead and our finest hand-woven cord between each.  Just so beautiful.

One of a kind

Charm: 1.25 x 1.25″
Necklace length: 17.75″


A note about our woven cords.  We weave these by hand, every one of them.   Like all Jewels’ work no two are exact, as each of us.  The work is labor intensive.  When warmed to the skin the cord becomes more supple, conforms to the wearer, hangs at it should; the bracelet transforms inot more than just a bracelet.  It becomes her.