SOLD Antique Victorian Aboriginal Tasmanian Maireener Shell Necklace
SOLD Antique Victorian Aboriginal Tasmanian Maireener Shell Necklace
SOLD Antique Victorian Aboriginal Tasmanian Maireener Shell Necklace
SOLD Antique Victorian Aboriginal Tasmanian Maireener Shell Necklace
SOLD Antique Victorian Aboriginal Tasmanian Maireener Shell Necklace

SOLD Antique Victorian Aboriginal Tasmanian Maireener Shell Necklace

Product code: J064
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Antique Victorian Aboriginal Tasmanian Maireener Shell Necklace
Wonderful Aboriginal made shell necklace from Tasmania.
The beautiful opalescent colours of purple greens and blues is only revealed when the shells are polished or rubbed - their original colour was brown. It took many hours just to collect these tiny shells and many more to polish and string them. They were often traded for food and other tools and implements.
Necklace-making is the most significant cultural tradition of Tasmanian Aboriginal women and is continued today.
This fantastic necklace is strung on natural fibres and measures approx.34" in length.
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About Tasmanian Shell Necklaces
"Shell-stringing was (and remains) a painstaking process, requiring knowledge of coastal resources as well as great skill and patience.
The women pierced each shell with a tool made from a jawbone and sharpened lower incisor of a kangaroo or wallaby. The shells were then threaded on kangaroo tail sinews or on string made from natural fibres, smoked over a fire, and rubbed in grass to remove their outer coating and reveal the pearly surface. The shells were later polished with penguin or mutton bird oil."
The connection of shell necklaces with the distinct culture and story of the Tasmanian Aboriginal people and with the Tasmanian natural environment means they have iconic status in the wider Tasmanian community. In2009 they were listed as a Tasmanian Heritage Icon by the National Trust of Australia."
Taken from the NMA's Collection Highlights

This fabulous piece of History will come in a quality double door necklace box perfect for giving.
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Describing Precious Metals and Stones

We use industry standard methods for calculating stone weights and / or colour (if stated) in set jewellery using measurements, calculations and comparison. We do not remove stones from their settings to determine size or colour.

*ALL Gold and or Platinum stated precious metals that bare no stamp or hallmark are tested using a non-destructive electronic testing device. All silver is acid tested.
ALL Weights & Measures are Approximate. Unless otherwise stated, any dimensions and estimated weights of gemstones in this description have been determined without unsetting the stones and are, therefore, to be considered only as a probable because of limitations imposed by the mount.

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Product Code J064

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