Joie de Vivre jewelry

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While coincident with Halloween and All Saints Day, the "Day of the Dead" holiday celebrated in Mexico and other countries in Central and South America has separate roots of tradition. The Day of the Dead originated with Aztec and other Nahua people as a time to welcome deceased loved ones back to their families in spirit. The sugar skulls and face-painting appeared after the 1900s when Mexican political cartoonist Guadalupe Posada put a "face" to the tradition of literary calaveras (satirical poetic tombstone epitaphs). The artist Diego Rivera featured one of Posada's stylized skeletons, and the rest is history.

Each 18" necklace features a patina brass pendant with calaveras design on watercolor paper protected with resin. Select either a the blue-green design with a sterling silver rolo chain or pink-yellow design with a 14-kt gold-fill beading chain.

Cost: $26.00 USD (sterling silver) or $38.00 USD (14kt gold-fill)

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Length: necklace - 18"


  • patina brass with watercolor paper design and resin
  • sterling silver rolo chain with lobster claw clasp
  • 14kt gold-fill beading chain with lobster claw clasp

Care & cleaning: Wipe clean with soapy washcloth and avoid chemical or abrasive cleaners. Do not submerge in water for a prolonged period to prevent design smudging. Use a soft jewelry polishing cloth to clean tarnish appearing on metal.

The components in this necklace are tough enough to handle curious tugs and pulls. As with all beaded jewelry: do not let young toddlers chew on it.

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This mid-length 18" necklace can be worn with a variety of necklines, from higher boatnecks to scoop neck tees.