Dogon Annular Wound Bead Necklace Sterling Silver Handmade Artisan

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Dogon Annular Wound Bead Necklace Sterling Silver Handmade Artisan


Antique African trade beads are linked together with handmade figure eight links to design a one-of-a-kind necklace that is loaded with raw, rustic appeal. The links were made with 20ga square sterling silver wire, creating a completely different look from round or half round wire. Adding to the antique charm of the glass beads, I oxidized the silver to give it a lovely aged appearance that works beautifully with these small works of art.

The beads, or rings, are translucent glass, in deep shades of cobalt blue and forest green. Each bead is a slightly different shape, size, and thickness.

The back of the necklace features short lengths of cable link chain that blends beautifully with the handmade figure-eight links. I chose to use a toggle clasp that was made in Thailand by the Karen Hill Tribe, from 97-99% pure silver. (Sterling silver is 92.5% pure.) Both ends of the clasp are securely wired to the chain with handmade links.

I looked for these African trade beads for a long time, taking about a year to find the strands I wanted, and another 8 months to finally cut the cloth string/ribbon they came on, and get busy with them. I loved to look at them, and wasn't in a hurry to break the strand. They're called Dogon or Annular Wound Beads, and were made in the 18th-19th centuries. It was long thought that they were made in Germany, but now it's believed that they're probably Dutch, giving them yet another name, Dutch Donuts. They were used as trade beads with the Dogon Tribe in Africa, where they were exchanged for furs, fuel, etc.

I can shorten or lengthen the necklace upon request. Please contact me before purchase to discuss details and cost.

Necklace = 17" (.43cm) from end to end
Center Drop = 2.5" (6.35cm)
Dogon Beads = 12mm-14.5mm (approx. .5" and slightly larger)

All metal is sterling silver, except for the clasp which is Thai Silver (97-99% pure)

Kindly read measurements and dimensions carefully, and study the pictures. If you have questions, please ask before making a purchase.

Your necklace will arrive nicely packaged and ready for gifting.

Thank you for looking!

Materials Used

glass trade beads, sterling silver, thai silver

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Product Attributes

Primary Material: Glass/sterling silver/Thai silver

Color: Blue

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First Item: $4.75
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6.85% Sales tax is collected for sales within Utah.

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Because of the complicated rules for shipping jewelry to some countries, I don't ship everywhere. Some countries don't allow jewelry to be sent in under any circumstances, so if you live in one of those, please don't ask me to bend the rules! If you make a purchase from a country with these restrictions in place, I will cancel your order and refund your payment. Thanks for understanding.

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I try to make sure all my work is well represented by photo and description. Please read the listings carefully, and study the pictures before making a purchase! If you have further questions regarding size or length, please ask. As an artist who handcrafts each piece individually, accepting returns is always more difficult than it is for a department store. That said, if you find a problem with the craftsmanship or materials in jewelry you buy from me, let me know immediately so we can work together to come up with a solution. If a refund is in order, your return must be shipped within 7 days of receipt, unworn and in its original condition, and in its original gift box or pouch.

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Working with clients to create something just for them is one of the most satisfying things about being a jewelry artist. If you have something in mind, lets talk! I have a lot of gemstones on hand so if you're looking for something in particular, I might have it! If not, I can probably get it.

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These earrings are beautiful and funky, which means they will be perfect for my friend. Thank you Nightsky for the wonderful craftsmanship and delightful wrapping.


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....Jodi Coyote


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These beautiful earrings were the perfect gift! They are even more amazing in person. And the wrapping job was truly unique and gorgeous. Thank you so much!


Great customer, fast to pay and a really super nice person to deal with. HUGS!!!


I custom-ordered these earrings and am delighted with the results! Sharon was very patient and friendly with me while I made up my mind about exactly what I wanted. I was happy with the pictures of the earrings, and was completely amazed when I got them in person. High quality stones and beautiful craftsmanship. Thank you so much!


Great customer, love doing business with her :)


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I got the package today and the earrings are lovely. I never
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If you are addicted to unique, rare, stones, fabulous designs and perfect silver work, Night Sky Jewelry is the place to find it all.

Thank you, Sharon, for these beautiful earrings, and the ones before these......and on and on.

You are a great artist with a fabulous shop.


This is *beautiful*! Just gorgeous and I love wearing it. Thank you so much!


Thank you for these fabulous earrings, Sharon. I love the contrast of the bright sterling and the amazing hand made beads. They are comfortable as well as very unique.
Beautiful wrapping, and a box of "surprises", too
Can't thank you enough.


Wonderful person to deal with - thank you so much for shopping at my studio! I hope your daughter likes the little frogs!


Thanks so much for shopping with me, I hope you like the beads as much as I do. Happy crafting!


Gorgeous earrings photographed beautifully...but holding them in real life is an absolute treat! Fantastic design and beautiful workmanship! I truly felt like a Queen opening the package. Sharon really knows how to make a customer feel special and her work is top notch. Thank you!


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