This substantial necklace is centered around a large pre-Columbian jade bead in a beautiful sage green with darker green mottled patterns, making it a unique stone. Next to it, I have put my own rose gold accent beads, and two copper spindle whorl beads, also pre-Columbian.
Spindle whorls are small weights used in spinning fibers into thread for weaving or knitting, and they are found all around the world in ancient and modern cultures. They are added to the spindle to give it heft and a more even spin, and in many cases, they are decorative and can be quite beautiful. These little copper ones have a delicate spiral pattern, highlighted by the green patina they have acquired through the years.
I have brought these elements together on a heavy hand-woven silver chain, closed with my signature serpent clasp in rose gold.