Back in 1995 when I was learning how to make necklaces, the second class I took was called “Treasure Necklace” and I remembered how much I love to make them when my friend Penny gave me a broken down necklace of turquoise, jasper and pearls.
A treasure necklace is full of special things. This necklace has Penny’s beads, supplanted by coral twigs, Czech glass reddish barrel beads, coral seed beads, a button clasp from my Mom’s button box…and those are minor compared to the centerpiece gems.
The dangling centerpieces of a ring and a Buddha are amazing!
The ring has a silver setting with decorative sterling silver balls around the base set with a coral bead, commonly traded among Tibetans. I bought it from a Tibetan woman in an informal market in front of the fabulous Jokhang Temple in Barkhor Square, Lhasa, the capital of Tibet. While we were bartering, pilgrims behind us circumnavigated the temple which is a holy destination for Tibetans.
The ring is so large, it was obviously her husband’s whom I envisioned as a warrior of great girth. I bought it in 1993 since when it has been a much touched talisman; but I could never figure how to place it in a necklace…until now. To say it is a treasure underestimates it.
Well, since I am a person compelled to fill spaces, I stumbled across the “Laughing Buddha” and didn’t he just fit in the ……space?! It is a contemporary bead, bought locally and made of resin. However this Buddha has a long history: in the Song Dynasty, China, in 1000 AD, the Laughing Buddha, symbol of naïve geniality, became the most popular god in Eastern Asia.
The two strand necklace is strung with heavy turquoise thread and “woven” through three of Penny’s turquoise beads every few inches. It ends with a coral clasp around a vintage button.
It measures 21” and the centerpiece is 3” long. It is priced at $155 which includes shipping and insurance.