This necklace is made with a vintage Ethiopian cross cast in brass using the lost wax method, and the beads going up the sides are blue "White Heart" trade beads interspersed with brass beads. On each side not too far up the necklace is a 1943 George VI Emperor coin, which based on the weight I believe is a replica only. The cross is large and meant to be worn low. It has a hinge so that it actually can be viewed more easily by the wearer. The piece is strung onto a thin black leather strap. Nice weight to the cross, The vintage glass "White Heart" trade beads have a white core of wound glass (being the core, it is considered the "heart" of the bead) with colored glass on the outside. The original White Heart beads were produced as early as the late 1400s and were red with white centers, and thus also called “Cornaline D’Aleppo” (and Hudson Bay Beads. One theory for how they came about and got that name is that "Cornaline" is the French word for "Carnelian," suggesting that they could have been produced to fool African tribes that revered carnelian. White Heart beads were also produced in green after about the 1830s. White Heart Beads of various colors were traded extensively throughout Africa and North America in the 19th Century. The blue beads used in this necklace are circa early 20th Century, and while the original style of bead was made in Italy, both the French and Czechs produced similar beads in the 19th Century, so we can't be sure where ours were made. The pendant is newer, circa 1980s. A wonderful combination of materials and colors, and definitely a unisex piece.
The pendant is 4-1/2" tall by 2-3/4" wide. The necklace measures 24" long, and there is no clasp--it is meant to be placed on and off over the head. Total weight is 121g. In good vintage condition.
Great tribal piece.
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