This shell pendant is inspired by the ancient Hohokam culture that thrived here in Arizona. The Hohokam lived in the Tucson and Phoenix basin between A.D. 450 and A.D. 1450. This culture was famous for an extensive shell jewelry trade throughout the southwest. They established extensive trade routes with southern California and Baja Mexico to supply themselves with numerous types of shell. The shells that were sought after were glycymeris, (bittersweet clam), Laevicardium elatum shell (commonly called the giant egg cockle), Olivella dama shells (commonly called olive shells), and Spondylus shell to name a few. The shells were fashioned into numerous types of jewelry such as bracelets, pendants, and rings. I also use some of the same material that were available to the Hohokam, such as turquoise, black jet, pipestone, conus shell, and glycemeris shell, to name a few. Tiny copper bells were also used in some of their jewelry designs. The bells were acquired through mesoamerican trade routes and made their way to the Hohokam . Each of the focal shells are natural glycymeris shells that are prepared and hand polished by me, all of them vary and none of them are the same.
This necklace has: Polished Natural Baja Glycymeris Shell, Red-Brown Jasper, Mother Of Pearl, Copper/Bronze Bells(9), Melon Shell Heishe, White Dentalium Shell End Caps. The width of the heishe beads are approximately 5.0 mm.
The main focal glycymeris shell is approximately 50.00 mm x 50.00 mm,(2″ x 2″).
The length of the necklace including the shell is approximately 22 inches. The necklace also has a sterling silver hook and eye clasp with a 2 inch extension chain,(the necklace can be extended from 22 inches to approximately 24 inches.