This is a sweet necklace of hand-shaped pieces of Mexican amber. The heart pendant is made of barro negro from San Bartolo, Oaxaca. It is a handmade heart of black clay. The clasp is sterling silver. and the necklace is strung on a heavy silk cord.
Length is 19".
Mexican amber is among the rarest and highest qualities of amber in the world. The amber is of a long extinct species of tree and is probably about 25 million years old.
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These earrings are an homage to corn! Mexicans call themselves the "children of corn," descendants of people whose religious pantheon included three corn gods. Cornstalks were common patterns in ancient Mexican art and persist today in popular art. Between the Guatemalan and U.S. borders grow at least 32 varieties of corn, each with various sub-varieties, developed in response to climate and soil differences.
Sterling silver. About 1.5 inches long. Approx 7 grams.
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