I call this necklace the Queen of the Seas and it features two very special items. The pendant comprised of two things. First is the vary rare and top quality fossil tooth from a Goblin shark dating to the Cretaceous period (145.5 and 65.5 million years ago) and it was found in Alabama. The tooth is wrapped in hematite colored copper wire. Above it is quite an amazing and rare Viking Age coil bead dating between 8th and 10th centuries. A little over 1/2″ length, 7.2mm diameter bronze, coil form made by the lost wax process. Beads such as this were strung between amulets such as the lunar and fertile fields amulets to make large complex aegis like necklaces popular with Vikings. The spiral or helix was a favorite Viking form. Professionally refurbished with the 24karat gold overlay restored. The necklace has two amazing beads on both sides of the pendant which are handmade Czech glass mermaid beads that are a translucent teal with a gold wash. The other beads are Czech blue sea glass, aquamarine and antique blue-green swirled sea glass beads from Ghana, Africa. Recycled glass beads are a type of indigenous produced African bead from Ghana West Africa. These beautiful multi-color color recycled beads are made using an old method that has been used for centuries. The glass itself is derived from a variety of recycled sources including old beverage and medicine bottles. The procedure for making the beads consists of a number of steps whereby powdered glass is poured into molds of clay and baked in a specialized oven. These beads are produced in large part by the Krobo tribe and through recycling glass are environmentally friendly. The unique handmade clasp is a fish and hook made from patina copper and is from Mykonos, Greece. A Certificate of Authenticity for the Viking Age bead is included.
The necklace is approximately 27 inches (68.6 cm) long.