Pinch me! I must be dreaming!
In my fabulous 'other' life, three friends and I are being paid to fly to Nassau, Bahama. We'll be working with the folks at The Pompey Museum of Slavery & Emancipation. Our task...to listen to their stories, then work together to freshen up and bring new life to the exhibits in this small, noble museum.
Soooo, I researched what types of locally make beads might be available on the island. Turns out beads in the Bahama's are made from conch shells.
A beautiful necklace had been given to me by a friend with the provenance that it was most likely purchased from the Lizzardo Lapidary Museum in Wheaton, IL.
I had hesitated to use the beads until I knew what they were. I did know the necklace was a high quality piece, as the beads were individually hand knotted. After researching conch shell beads I realized the beads I had were most likely conch beads! Last night, I cut up the necklace. I'm working on a lovely 5 wrap bracelet. The conch beads needed royal treatment. I'll show you a picture of it when completed.
I may get to Nassau and learn I'm wrong-it wouldn't be the first time. Sure makes for a great treasure hunt!
Wrap your wrists with Love!
I've completely given into my lifelong love of beads, stones, making stuff and stories, not particularly in that order.