A Vintage Cast Woven Sunburst Dagger Pendant with Howlite Gems
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This set features a unique and chic vintage, custom designed cast "woven" sunburst dagger pendant which beautifully blends with Howlite gemstones. The pendant drops from a simple silver bail which sits between two 6mm Howlite round beads. The rest of the necklace is the same on both sides with 3mm sterling silver mirror beads, abutting two 12mm rectangle Howlite beads with a silver painted 5mm round bead between them. Howlite chip beads come next, being separated from a series of the painted 5 mm beads, a 13mm matte round Howlite bead, another painted bead, a Howlite rectangle bead, continuing to another and final set of Howlite chip beads leading to a stardust sterling silver round toggle clasp. The matching earrings contain the same elements as the necklace and drop from sterling silver stardust post earrings.
The length of the necklace, including the clasp, is 22.5". Add an additional 2.5" for the length of the pendant and bail and the total length is 25". The earrings drop 1" from the post earrings.
When I received a number of vintage pieces from an artist who was trying to diminish her extensive supply, I was especially enthralled by the sunburst dagger pendant. Wow! I envisioned it being worked into a design where the main materials were Howlite beads, of which I had several shapes at my disposal. So, I let my designing 'juices' flow! I especially wanted to incorporate Howlite chip beads which I felt mirrored the spikes and knots on the pendant ~ but not too many. Adding the painted matte silver beads was a way to underscore the matte finish on the pendant and break up the predominant white in the Howlite. The light grey streaks in Howlite highlighted the same grey color of the pendant. I hope that you also will be fascinated with this necklace set and its unique components. It most definitely is versatile and an eye-catcher as an adornment to many of your clothing choices.
*My vintage beads are from Trish Rogers, Owner of Vintage Vault in Canada