Keeper Of The Shipwrecks

A handful of years ago, when I started acquiring Really Old Things like Roman glass and ancient coins and tektites, I put a bunch of stuff into a bag with the intention of eventually turning it all into a Very Big Necklace. 

...and then I promptly misplaced the bag. It would turn up every now and then, usually when I had something else to toss into it, and then I’d get distracted and it would vanish again. Until last week, when I decided it was time to finally see what it wanted to be. 

This is the result. It’s Very Big. It has strong opinions. It weighs 4 ounces, which may not sound like a lot, but compared to most of my necklaces, it kinda is. It’s about 2” tall in the front and only a little narrower at the sides and back. The smallest length it can be is about 15”, but it can go up to at least 24” or so - it is definitely a choker, not a sit-on-the-collarbones kind of necklace; that said, you’ll want to add about half an inch to your normal choker length to have it fit comfortably. 

(Or it could be a crown. It could definitely be a crown.)

Oh! Probably I should tell you what’s in it. Uh... a lot of stuff. There’s Roman glass, and a bronze coin that is Very Very Old, and tektites, and labradorite, and vintage glass and lucite, and fluorite and labradorite and aquamarine and smoky quartz and blue tiger’s eye and kyanite and lampwork glass and a black opal and a bunch of firepolished glass and honestly who knows what else might end up in it before I’m done? It does not, however, currently contain any pearls or coral or shell or bone, and if you’d prefer it to remain that way I will make sure to avoid using those things when adjusting the sizing  

I’ll need to get a handful of measurements from you to get the sizing right, and I’ll send you photos to approve before shipping it. If you have any neck or back issues and are concerned about the weight, please talk to me; I can counterweight it so it balances more comfortably.

(Due to its size, this will need to be shipped Priority Mail. If you’re within driving range of Concord NH, we can also discuss meeting to do the final fitting.)

The price includes working with you to determine the correct length and fit and adjusting it to its final size, plus one free resizing/balance adjustment (shipping not included) within the first year if needed.

$ 250.00

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Item # 2964-OV

My silver wire is .999 fine silver over a copper core, encased in a durable clear enamel coating. (My gold, bronze, rosegold, and copper wires also have the clear enamel coating, unless otherwise specified.) I have been using this wire since I began making jewelry in 2003, because it is extremely non-reactive - people with metal allergies can wear it! - and it does not tarnish. It is also easier for me to manipulate than solid sterling wire, which allows me to hand-sculpt it into the intricate fwooshiness of my trademark style despite the extensive hypermobility caused by Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome.

In the interest of being environmentally friendly, I keep my packaging as minimal as possible while still protecting the contents. Most orders are shipped in small kraft boxes inside bubble mailers, with items packed together whenever possible rather than using a single box for each piece of jewelry in an order. (Gift bags are available!) Larger items are usually shipped wrapped in tissue paper in a Priority Mail box.

I am transitioning away from using packing slips or other paper inserts; while many small businesses like mine routinely include handwritten thank you notes in every order, I feel it is more environmentally responsible to express my appreciation for your patronage via email rather than contributing to the contents of your recycling bin!