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  • Two buttery yellow wedges of natural, Baltic amber surround a greedy mouse in signed, carved mammoth ivory, who’s tiny eyes are inlaid with horn. I say greedy because the mouse is already sitting on a wedge of delicious cheese. He is 2 cm high by 17 mm wide. But the amber has a strong resemblance to a good cheddar.

  • The bottom wedge, on which the mouse and his bounty sits, is a beautiful, translucent piece of amber with a rich, cloudy interior. It is 2 cm long by 1.5 cm wide, and 14 mm deep.

  • The top wedge of golden amber is completely translucent and is 13mm by 14 mm, and 8 mm deep.

  • The Baltic region is home to the largest known deposit of amber. Amber dates from 44 million years ago, and is the product of fossilized tree resin. It has been estimated that these Baltic forests created more than 100,000 tons of amber.

  • I feel it is imperative to explain that mammoth ivory comes from the long extinct mammoth elephant. This is not an endangered species because it has been extinct, like the dinosaurs, for a very long time, and is therefore not illegal. These mammoth tusks have been unearthed in Siberia. And now, the Chinese artisans, who once carved elephant ivory, have turned to mammoth ivory instead.

  • There is also a piece of carved black jade 3.5 cm long and 2.5 cm high. This shape is called the “eternal knot” or the “knot of joy” which is thought to be a thread that one follows through life.

  • There are five vintage, handmade 18K gold on silver on hardened resin beads from Afghanistan. Two are 13 mm, two are 7.5 mm, and one is 9 mm. These now rare beads are made by the traditional technique of Afghanistan. This ancient craft takes sheet metal and moulds it and works it laboriously over hardened resin, a technique handed down through the craftsmen of Alexander the Great.

  • All the elements hang on a handmade black silk/polyester chain, which, on one of the rings, hangs my silver name label.

  • The necklace comes, like all my necklaces, with its own colour co-ordinated silk brocaded pouch bag, made by a Shanghai tailor.

  • Length 53 cm.