In my 40+ years of collecting vintage ethnic jewelry, this 1980s necklace is one of my all time favorites. It is a fascinating combination of Black Lip Mother of Pearl, fossilized orange coral beads, laminated coconut barrel beads, and coconut wood disk beads.
The large medallion is almost as thick as it is wide and all sides are finished with inlaid strips of Black Lip Mother of Pearl. The 4 orange beads are fossilized coral. The unique large barrel beads are compressed coconut slices. The rest of the beads are all tan, dark brown, and sienna red coconut disks.
When clasped, the necklace is 24 1/2" or 62.5 cm long. The large medallion is 1 5/8" wide x 1" thick or 42 mm x 24 mm. The barrel beads are 1 1/8" or 30 mm long. The entire necklace is in pristine clean like new condition with no imperfections or flaws.<
The beads are strung on high tensile strength monofilament and the original fine working barrel screw clasp is in place. The necklace is not signed.
Comes gift wrapped and shipped in new presentation necklace box.