A stunning piece! This necklace is called a Pangalapang and was made by an Ifugao artisan in the Philippines. Seven pieces of mother of pearl are cut shaped, etched and drilled then fastened to a band of woven fine split rattan. Pieces of mother of pearl this large are rare and a great deal of skill is required to polish, cut and drill them. These necklaces therefore are worn by the elite of Ifugao as status symbols.
What an incredible effect, not like anything else I've ever seen, both impressive and beautiful.
The total hang is 13 inches
This piece is vintage of unknown age. The condition is excellent.
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Necklace of vibrant blue spheres of lapis lazuli punctuated by beautiful hand-worked pieces of Mexican amber. The lapis is natural and not dyed.
22.5 inches long, 784g. The largest sphere is 35mm in diameter. Here is some information about the metaphysics of Lapis and Amber if you are interested:
Lapis Lazuli reminds us of the power of the spoken word and is one of the best stones to use when opening and balancing the Throat Chakra. Lapis Lazuli helps to foster full verbal expression, and clears problems caused by “swallowing your tongue”. Lapis encourages clear, truthful expression when sharing information with others, including an easier voicing/communication of anger.
A Third Eye Chakra opener, Lapis Lazuli connects the physical and celestial kingdoms. Deeply peaceful, Lapis provides wisdom into mystical realms and connection with spiritual guardians. Lapis Lazuli can be a key to spiritual attainment. Lapis also protects against psychic attack, shielding negative energy and returning any negative vibrations to their source. Lapis Lazuli will enhance dream work and spiritual journeying.
Physically, Lapis Lazuli helps with the immune system, thyroid and nervous system. It can alleviate headaches, migraines, fevers and pain.
A powerful yet gentle healer and cleanser, Amber draws out and transmutes negative energy of all kinds on all levels. Amber aids in physical self-healing, emotional healing of depression, and environmental clearing. Amber opens and cleanses all of the Chakras.
Highly protective, Amber also aids in the manifestation of ideas to reality. The life force trapped within Amber promotes fertility, and its protective and environmental clearing properties make it a good stone to use to prepare a healing or birthing room. Use Amber with the Solar Plexus Chakra to increase confidence, mental clarity, and creative self-expression.
Physically, Amber helps with the organs of elimination, including the liver, kidneys, bladder, and stomach. Also a stone of the Throat Chakra, Amber can help with laryngitis and goiter.