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Hand crafted sterling silver necklace and medallion

San Art Pendant with Hand Crafted Silver & Bead Chain
San Art Pendant with Hand Crafted Silver & Bead Chain
Item# mixo029

Product Description

San Art Pendant with Hand Crafted Silver & Bead Chain

Necklace Size:
Pendant Width: 3/4 inch
Pendant Length: 2 1/2 inch
Length: 9 1/2 inch
Weight: 16.6 grams

Hand Crafted in South Africa

This necklace was handmade in Johannesburg by a jeweler who grew up in Soweto, after studying the art of jewelry making, he then decided to combine the modern mediums with ancient African mediums; the result is a unique and beautiful piece of jewelry.

This necklace is hand crafted, made up of sterling silver and red and blue African glass beads, mixed with small sterling silver beads. Each link is handmade and then strung with the glass and silver beads. This necklace is made up of a silver medallion that is boomerang shaped with Bushman San art cut out of the pendant. The necklace closes with a lobster claw clasp.

About African Jewelry.

Owning a piece of African jewelry is more than owning a piece of jewelry its possessing a world of culture and history in its own beautiful form. Even though there is history and meaning behind each piece, it’s the art in the jewelry that grabs the attention of most collectors.

African jewelry is an ancient and time honored art form that reflects the art of African heritage, culture and history. There are several artistic, religious, spiritual and cultural elements of African heritage visible in each uniquely crafted piece of jewelry.

Around the turn of the 10th century, when bronze work was common, crafting these pieces became more intricate. Bronze pieces were normally decorated with ivory or precious stones and several of these pieces were identified with royalty. Beads have also played a very important role in African culture and can be seen today in many of the beautiful pieces of jewelry created by the skilled craftsmen who make them.

Modern African pieces still remain true to the same historic values and meanings of the past. These values represent different elements of African culture and reveal the importance of each piece of jewelry, which in turn makes them so special to collectors and art lovers everywhere.

The history and meaning of each piece of jewelry is unique. It is said that owning one of these pieces provides hope, wisdom and well-being to its owner. So start your own ‘art’ collection today.

About the Bushmen.

When 4000 years ago nomads came into contact with the much longer established hunter-gatherers of Southern Africa, they called them San meaning food gatherers. In the 17th century the Dutch colonized the Cape of Good Hope and called the hunter-gatherers of the plains “Boschjemannen” which translates to Bushmen. Bushmen are the longest surviving tribe of Southern Africa they are descendents of the Stone Age people.

About Rock Art.

The Europeans who first saw the Rock Art were fascinated but dismissive of their importance. Now days the true value and meaning of their art is being deciphered and appreciated., their art not only shows actual events that happened but are messages full of intricate and complex nuances in the symbols, metaphors and religious meaning.

About African Beadwork.

Beadwork is one of the most compelling art traditions in Africa. Artists must carefully consider the materials, colors, textures, shapes, and sizes of the beads to choose those that compliment or contrast with one another. A single-colored or multi-colored bead of fine workmanship may have as great a visual impact as many beads strung together or embroidered on a cloth.

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African Hand Dyed Batik with Four Giraffe & Acacia Trees

Size of Batik:
Height: 24 inches
Length: 41½ inches

Giraffe Batik.
The colors on the wall hanging are depicting the sunset casting the four giraffes into silhouette. The trees in the batik are Acacia trees. The colors are very vibrant and typically African.
Batiking is a method of dyeing in which patterned areas are covered with wax so they will not receive the color. The method is used mainly on cottons and in the traditional colors of blue, brown, and red. Multicolored and blended effects are obtained by repeating the dyeing process several times, with the initial pattern of wax boiled off and another design applied before re-dyeing.
The rod is not included. Since all the batiks are handmade no two will ever be exactly the same. All these batiks have tabs/loops sewn on to the top.
About the Giraffe.

Early written records described the giraffe as "magnificent in appearance, bizarre in form, unique in gait, colossal in height and inoffensive in character." Ancient cultures in Africa revered the giraffe, as some modern cultures do today, and commonly depicted it in prehistoric rock and cave paintings. Unknown outside of Africa, this animal so excited man's curiosity that it was sometimes sent as a diplomatic gift to other countries; one of the earliest records tells of a giraffe going from Kenya to China in 1415. The animal was thought to be a cross between a camel and a leopard, a mistake immortalized in the giraffe's scientific name of Giraffa camelopardalis.

The giraffe is the tallest living animal, uniquely adapted to reach vegetation inaccessible to other herbivores. Giraffes have a distinctive walking gait, moving both right legs forward, then both left. At a gallop, however, the giraffe simultaneously swings the hind legs ahead of and outside the front legs, reaching speeds of 35 miles an hour. It has unusually elastic blood vessels with a series of valves that help offset the sudden buildup of blood (and to prevent fainting) when the head is raised, lowered or swung quickly. Giraffe "horns" are actually knobs covered with skin and hair above the eyes that protect the head from injury.

About Acacia.
Also know as the umbrella Thorn Acacia is one of the most recognizable trees of the African savanna.

The Umbrella Thorn grows up to 20 meters high and has a spreading, flat-topped crown that gives it its name. The bark on the Acacia is black to gray in color and feels rough. The branches on the Acacia are gnarled. The Umbrella Thorn has two types of thorns on the branches; long, straight, brownish thorns and shorter, hooked thorns that grow alongside each other. The thorns grow in pairs and disguise themselves in the clusters of flowers that grow on the Acacia.

The Acacia provides shade for the animals of the savanna. The trunk of the tree makes very good charcoal and firewood. The flowers on the Acacia provide a good source of honey in some regions. The stem of the tree is used to treat asthma, and diarrhea. The bark of the acacia is used as a disinfectant, and the pods are used to make porridge.

The Acacia is not endangered, and it is actually plentiful. There are over 700 species of the Acacia in Africa
About Swaziland.
Swaziland is a small mountainous kingdom in Southern Africa. Despite the modernization of their nation the Swazi people have retained strong ties to their culture and traditions. One tradition that has continued in rural areas is the handing down of basket-weaving skills from mother to daughter. Historically, crafts produced in Swaziland were functional tools for use in the home. Over the years as modernization has enveloped the nation, the rich craft tradition has evolved from functional to decorative. Swazi baskets known as titja were traditionally woven from reeds and palms and used as food bowls. While the basic technique remains, dyed sisal is now used to weave titja in colorful and intricate patterns. Basket weaving has therefore become an artistic rather than functional medium.

African Hand Dyed Batik with Four Giraffe & Acacia Trees SB6A