Curious necklace

Discussion in 'Jewelry' started by KSW, Jun 14, 2019 at 10:49 AM.

  1. KSW

    KSW Well-Known Member

    Picked this up today as I thought it was curious and I didn’t know what it was made of!. Any ideas?
    To begin with I thought some sort of nut or wood but on closer inspection they appear to be a resin of some description. I haven’t looked under a loupe but you can sort of see ‘into’ them and my iPhone light shows through.
    Look old but recently strung or restrung as on nylon thread.
    Thankyou :)
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  2. evelyb30

    evelyb30 Well-Known Member

    This time I can honestly say I have no idea whatsoever. Not gemstone, not natural material. The metal looks like nickel or nickel plate, but beyond that?
     
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  3. 2manybooks

    2manybooks Well-Known Member

    Some sort of pressed resin?
     
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  4. Any Jewelry

    Any Jewelry Well-Known Member

    The necklace is Moroccan, but I suspect it is a marriage.
    The metal parts were taken from a 1960s Moroccan necklace with half the amount of beads. The domed bead caps should protect either side of each aubergine coloured bead. That means that in between every two beads there are two bead caps, with the domes back to back.
    The metal is base metal.
    You can see that there is wear around the beadholes which is not consistent with the construction of the necklace as it is now. They came from a different necklace.
    The beads are probably Moroccan as well, they could be our Moroccan favourite, the plastic bucket bead.;) Ingeniously made by melting plastic buckets and colouring and shaping the goo into beads. The colour resembles old cherry amber bakelite.
    They did a good job, I like the beads.:)
     
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  5. Any Jewelry

    Any Jewelry Well-Known Member

    Of course I can't find the right necklace, but the bead caps were meant like these central beads:

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    (please ignore the other beads, it is a total mishmash:facepalm:)
     
  6. KSW

    KSW Well-Known Member

    What a bizarre choice of beads!
    'Right, let's start with some red ones, now spotty, ooh,some white would look good, some silver and of course everyone needs little discs to finish it off'
    The red and the chrome caps are cool, a bit like 60s designer chairs!.
     
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  7. Any Jewelry

    Any Jewelry Well-Known Member

    I know! Those spotted ones especially! They are nice on Indo-Pacific trade necklaces or something like that, but here?
    That is why I didn't put the link in, I didn't want to embarass the proud maker.:sorry:

    Your necklace may be slightly incomplete, but it is stylish, in an ethnic way. The maker was sensitive to the look.
     
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  8. KSW

    KSW Well-Known Member

    Erm......do plastic buckets fluoresce.......?:jawdrop:
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  9. Any Jewelry

    Any Jewelry Well-Known Member

    :wideyed::wideyed::wideyed:Wow, amber?!:jawdrop::jawdrop::jawdrop:
    Take those beads off that necklace, wrong marriage, should never have been issued a licence.:banghead: When they're off, do the salt water test just to be sure.:)
     
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  10. Any Jewelry

    Any Jewelry Well-Known Member

    If they float, do a happy dance. For about five hours.:D Give or take.:wacky:
     
  11. KSW

    KSW Well-Known Member

    I almost don't dare......
     
  12. kyratango

    kyratango Bug jewellery addiction!

    :jawdrop:Still in your dark closet???:blackalien::joyful::hilarious:
     
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  13. Any Jewelry

    Any Jewelry Well-Known Member

    Go on, be wild.:D
     
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  14. 2manybooks

    2manybooks Well-Known Member

    Yes, some plastics fluoresce. So don't get too excited yet. :(
     
  15. KSW

    KSW Well-Known Member

    Don't give away my secrets! I spend far too long in there as it is.
     
  16. KSW

    KSW Well-Known Member

    Party pooper!
     
  17. KSW

    KSW Well-Known Member

    Ok, I'll do it when the kids are in bed do they can't see me cry.
     
  18. KSW

    KSW Well-Known Member

    Ok, I couldn't wait. What do you think was the result? :meh: or :happy:?
     
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  19. kyratango

    kyratango Bug jewellery addiction!

    Hope it is:happy: :woot::joyful:
     
  20. 2manybooks

    2manybooks Well-Known Member

    Some helpful links:
    A summary of ultra-violet fluorescent materials relevant to Conservation
    https://aiccm.org.au/national-news/summary-ultra-violet-fluorescent-materials-relevant-conservation


    properties of polyethylene (probably the most common plastic used for buckets):
    http://cameo.mfa.org/wiki/Polyethylene
    Additives may cause different fluorescence.
    density of polyethylene = 0.92-0.96

    density of amber = 1.05-1.1
    Amber fluoresces a strong yellowish green to bluish white in short-wave UV light.
    http://cameo.mfa.org/wiki/Amber
     
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