Onyx Ethnic Necklace - South AfricaBrass Images (N)
Handcrafted by South African artisans, this dynamic brass and copper necklace changes with one's mood. One side is cuts of darkened brass while the other side is twisted pieces of alternating copper and brass. The sides culminate in the center with a onyx stone embedded in brass. The darkened brass is achieved by using high temperature heat rather than paints or dyes. The necklace is 6 inches from top to bottom and 5.5 inches wide.
Meet the Artisans
Brass Images was established in 1988 in the coastal town of Plettenberg Bay, South Africa, about a 4 hour drive out of Cape Town . The long lasting success of the project is due to the fact that the group develops new designs on a regular basis and pays great attention to detail and quality. Brass Images employs 15 people from the local community to help create high quality fashion jewelry. As demand grows, the organization hires and trains more artisans, providing sustainable income in an area in need of employment.
Solid brass and copper are the base materials of the product. By applying extreme heat, the artisans create the interesting patterns and effects on the jewelry. No dyes are used. Each item is entirely handmade and a one-of-a-kind piece of art.