Every style lover has “their thing.” While some may freak for shoes, sneakers, makeup … Personally? … I’m obsessed with accessories. Like absolutely obsessed! There’s probably a medical diagnosis out there what I have, and I have no shame about it! Now as you know, for a fashion fiend such as myself, no ordinary or mass produced jewelry set will ever do. Instead, like the rest of my style, I love all things rare, odd, or unique. If it has a history and especially if it has a specific cultural reference? I'm all for it. Why does this matter to me? … Because ultimately what we wear projects bits of ourselves to the world. Each item has its own energy and story to tell. Don’t believe me? … Have you ever been out somewhere and had someone come up to you and compliment you on what you were wearing? Better yet, have you has a stranger approach you and ask excitedly “where did you get that?” … If so, that energy is exactly what I’m talking about. A great interesting piece will draw people in, even if it's with their eyes … So why not have something interesting to say about it?
All that said, over the next few weeks I'll have special accessories to present to you guys! First up, we have this amazeballs necklace from Gambia, W. Africa. Besides its international origin and obvious beauty, even in its simplicity what makes this necklace special? What I love is that this particular necklace is made of amber stones!
For those not in the know, amber consists of a sticky resin substance secreted by pine, cherry, and plum trees as a form of protection from outside elements such as insects and other predators. It's coloring has various ranges and is all dependent upon the individual trees themselves. Golden yellow, white, and ivory colored amber originates from pine trees ... While red, orange (such as the this particular necklace), and brown colored amber is produced by cherry and plum trees. What's even more incredible? This substance has been around literally since the dawn of time.
Allow me to get into dorky anthropologist mode for a minute, because this kind of stuff truly gets me excited LOL! Ongoing discoveries of various amber samples by paleontologists (scientists who study pre-historic time periods and materials) have dated amber findings as far back as the Jurassic Period! How long ago was that? We're talking between 99 - 200 million years ago! Literally, amber jewelry and specifically this necklace, have direct connections to the age of the dinosaurs! Now, if that isn’t a conversation piece, I don’t know what is!
This necklace is the epitome of what I call my "Globally Classic" style. One part African heritage ... One part classic, like anciently pre-historic! This item will be going live this summer in the Queen Adwoa's Closet webstore beginning in June.
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