This is a necklace that was given to me by my son, from a friend of his who traveled extensively throughout Asia. The piece was from India.
Originally, the piece was strung with monofilament, brass clamshell findings, and silver-lined seed beads as spacers. The necklace was not only very stiff, but plastic was sticking out of the clamshells and was very scratchy.
I did not wear the piece, because it was unattractive, and uncomfortable to wear. However it was a keepsake and meant quite a bit to me.
I decided to re-do the necklace using knotting techniques. I added gold beads in place of the tarnished silver-lined beads. The necklace was a little tight so I decided to chain. To that chain I added a decorative dangle. The new findings were 14KT gold-filled instead of brass.
Other than the updated findings and stringing material, I did not change the design of the necklace, as I wanted to keep it as close to the original as possible.
The stones are beautiful, and I will always treasure them. One picture shows the basic design of the necklace.