Made for the 'BLACK' exhibition this neckpiece is unique. It features a serpent drop, hand carved obsidian and topped with an 18ct yellow gold cap. The chain is made from sterling silver that has been oxidised black and made with the ancient technique of fusing.

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Oxidised (blackened) sterling silver

hand carved obsidian snake drop approx 4.5cms in length

adjustable neckpiece with a maximum finished length of 49cms

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The technique of fusing utilises the natural properties of sterling silver. Each link is overlapped and carefully heated to the point just before melting. This bonds the metal and produces a strong join without the use of solder. The use of fusing to make jewellery was utilised by many ancient cultures but the finest examples were undoubtedly made by the Etruscans.