What is Ethiopian Silver?

Is It Actually Silver?

Ethiopian silver contains absolutely no silver! The “silver” is actually aluminium. The beads have an imperfect, very obviously handcrafted appearance, which is the core of their beauty and charm. You can see that someone handmade them, they are not machine-made, mass-produced items.

As you can see, they have imperfections, they have cracks, they have joins…..

 

Ethiopian silver bead

How The Beads Are Made

The majority of these beads are made in small farm villages. The metal is obtained from old pots and pans, and sometimes bullet casings. The assorted metal is melted down over a bed of hot coals, the old-fashioned way! Artisans then create the beads by hand.

Ethiopian Silver at Big Skies Jewellery

I’ve had a couple of large chunky Ethiopian Silver beads in my bead stock for quite some time.  This is because I’ve been waiting for the right semi precious stones to combine them with. Turquoise Statement Necklace with Raw Black Tourmaline Crystal and Ethiopian SilverWhen I found these big glossy turquoise howlite beads I knew they would be the perfect fit.  They have very pronounced striking black striations, which are enhanced by the black tourmaline focal bead. The black tourmaline is a totally raw crystal nugget. Its natural ruggedness  matches the imperfectly perfect handcrafted Ethiopian silver beads!  The overall effect is strongly tribal.


Chunky Turquoise Statement Necklace with Huge Raw Black Tourmaline and Ethiopian Silver
There are two more smaller Ethiopian silver beads next to the snake-skin effect toggle and bar clasp. I again paired the silver beads with black tourmaline raw crystal nuggets.


Turquoise Statement Necklace Clasp

 

To view this necklace in the Big Skies Jewellery Etsy shop, please click here.

I have many other gorgeous statement necklaces available, in all different styles and colours.  Please have a look at this section in my shop for other stunning pieces: Statement Necklaces at Big Skies Jewellery

 

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