Joie de Vivre jewelry

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For ancient Egyptians, the river Ar (meaning black) was the source of life: rich black alluvial soil for crops and thousands of river miles for trading. The region recieves little to no rain and without annual flooding of the Nile delivering fertile soil and providing water for irrigation, there would have been no Great Pyramids and likely no Egyptian civilization. Being a river trader was a respected profession, like being a scribe. Egyptians traded gold, papyrus, linen and grain for copper, iron, cedar wood, ivory and lapis lazuli. Imagine the sun slowing rising over the low horizon as the reed boat nudges into the steady current. You are not a pharoh, priestess or even a mistress of the house; you're a river merchant and the glass beads, shell and small amounts of gold are pieces accumulated along the way and wound into a unique 19" necklace. The pendant is a combination of blister pearl shell and a gold-plate pewter pendant with embossed hieroglyphics.

Cost: $66.00 USD

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Length: necklace - 19"


  • 24kt gold-plate Japanese glass seedbeads
  • Japanese glass seedbeads
  • green aventurine beads
  • 14kt gold-fill beads
  • blister pearl shell pendant
  • gold-plate pewter pendant
  • sterling silver toggle clasp
  • Power Pro moderate duty braided Spectra Fiber™ cord (30 lb. load test)

Care & cleaning: Beading cord may be kinked or broken through hard jerks or severed through prolonged exposure to rough or sharp edges; store necklace flat when not in use to prevent stretching or kinking cord. Clean with warm soapy water and avoid chemical or abrasive cleaners. Use a soft jewelry polishing cloth to clean tarnish appearing on metal.

The thick wire gauge should prevent the pendant from being pulled off the necklace, and the beading cord should withstand determined tugging. As with all beaded jewelry: do not let young toddlers chew on it.

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This 19" necklace works well with higher necklines like boatnecks or crewnecks and moderate scoop necks or v-necks.