Gold Repousse Carved Coconut Necklace

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An elegant feminine gold repousse' carved coconut shell with gilded copper necklace and silver gold-plated lock.  The design is perfectly suited for everyday sophisticated wear – a weekend brunch, a summer night out, an evening cocktail, all effortlessly elevating a casual yet graceful vibe.

Repoussé is a metalworking technique in which a malleable metal is ornamented or shaped by hammering from the reverse side to create a design in low relief. There are few techniques that offer such diversity of expression while still being relatively economical.

The ancient Royal Households of Angkor Wat, Cambodia and Borobudur, Indonesia, wore pieces like these in heavy gold which made their ear loops drop and become very long. Today, nobody would wear such heavy pieces anymore which made Lotus Arts de Vivre look around to find material which could replace the solid Gold. Our designers finally settled on carving the shells of coconuts thin, and on covering them with 24K Gold Leaf, they met the modern standards of comfort. A lot of craft is required to carve the coconut shells which are as hard as ivory and normal wood carving equipment does not work, and hence this necklace was carved by former ivory carving masters.

The history of carving Coconut shells date back originally to the ancient Asian culture, when the common man used the shells for every day household items which were decorated and used for ceremonial and utility purposes in homes with their medieval cultural lifestyle – which included bowls, spoons and cups. Popular for their sturdiness and beauty, it was also used to decorate watches, knives, guns and jewellery and on being jewelled were worn by the Kings and Queens of various eras.

This eastern artistry masterpiece took 1.5 months to finish with 7 designers and craftsmen involved at various stages. 

Circumference 17.5 inches
Coconut Carving Left Side : H 35 X W 22 X D 4 MM
Coconut Carving Center : H 56 X W 47 X D 5 MM
Coconut Carving Right Side : H 35 X W 22 X D 4 MM

Being made of natural materials, this product requires good care in usage.