Black Coral with Inlaid Silver Necklace
17″ in length, comprised of Black Coral w/Silver inlay, Silver circular and Turkana beads.
Black Coral has been place on the endangered species list so it is no longer harvested. These beads are from the 17th century. Each bead has been drilled by hand and pour molten silver into them to create a pattern. Black Coral has been used for centuries in many religious cultures as prayer beads.
Turkana Beads are from North and West Africa “The Cradle of Mankind”, denoted social status of the wearer. In times of need, the beads were exchanged for food, cattle and clothing.