After WWII, Japanese artisans produced some of the most innovative beads and beadwork the world has ever known; this pendant is a fine example.
It has been made over an open flame (hence the term 'lampworked'), and while the artisan might make more than one, no two will be exactly alike.
As difficult as it is merely to form glass in this fashion, here the artisan has chosen a difficult shape, and then added surface decoration in the swirls of crimson, mustard and alabaster that meander completely around the pendant.
While it is vessel-shaped, the piece is sealed, and will not hold anything.
Imagine: someone went to all that trouble to make something non-utilitarian; to make something only because he or she wanted to make something beautiful... Now THAT'S an Artisan!
But I digress.
The approximately 1-3/4 inch long pendant is suspended from about 17-1/2 inches of matching ultramarine bias-drilled Czech glass squares and alabaster seed beads.
The clasp is a pewter toggle that mimics the shape of the glass beads.
It's an another beautiful and unique pendant necklace from SPARKLE PLENTY.
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