The Sudanese are incredibly creative and talented when it comes to adornment; this pendant is a recycled tortoise shell which has been decorated with copper wire that has been intricately inlaid into the shell. Fiery African agate stone provides a lovely contrast together with copper albow beads from Ethiopia.
Upside down garden table decorated with strings of shells picked up from Western Cape beaches, glass & wooden beads, electrical motor components, stones and feathers. Strings constructed with hemp covered wire.
Crown Style Comb of goldwork, Lapis Lazuli and Pearls. Date: Circa 1850. A Victorian era hair comb, fit for HM Queen Victoria, is crafted from 18k yellow gold and decorated with natural pearls and gems of lapis lazuli. The comb itself is of natural tortoise shell of variegated shades of brown and touches of blonde. Fabricated in the shape of a crown scores of scrolls and twisted gold wire work abound.
A Victorian suite of shell cameo jewellery depicting Mary, Queen of Scots, retailed by Aitchison, Edinburgh Comprising an oval brooch set with a brown and white shell cameo carved to depict Mary, Queen of Scots in profile, the bloomed gold frame decorated with scalloped wire and bead-work detail and with glazed locket compartment to the reverse, the pear-shaped earrings of complimentary design with hook fittings.