This green and white trade bead necklace was interesting to make because it gave me the opportunity to research petroglyphs. The pendant is a hunk of fossil walrus ivory with a copy of a prehistoric petroglyph from the Noeick River Valley near Bella Coola, British Columbia, Canada. This image and others with protruding facial expressions are said to depict shamanic iconography; rayed hair, protruding tongues, bug eyes, etc. If one researches petroglyphs around the world you will find that almost every human figure drawn by rock artists is wearing something on their head or their face indicating a special power or importance.
Mixing different green beads with Ivory to produce a woods and snow effect I think was successful, when I think of Bella Coola I always think of trees and snow. Bella Coola is a heavily forested area with huge snowy mountains for most of the year, think green and white! The two center 17mm green and white Chevrons with a red internal layer are pretty primitive when it comes to Chevron beads, only 4 layers and not shaped on the ends. Primitive was the effect I was going for and I suspect these were made in Murano, Venice in the late 1800’s. Lovely, 10mm, dark green Venetian Monochromes are next in line, and I’m thinking also late 1800’s, Venetian or Bavarian made because of the clear dark quality of the mandrel wound glass. There are dark shell buttons for flavor, 10mm and 7mm fossil Ivory beads, approximately 5mm tubes of cane drawn green Chevrons, 6mm Zebra Jasper and my all-time favorite Moss Agate chunks with 10mm and 8mm beads, with lots of oxidized brass spacers, plus old white Pony beads to finish up with a shell button clasp.