Jewelry influences from other cultures

When I design a piece I am always influenced by my travels to other countries, and the jewelry worn by the people in that country.  This neckpiece is a combination of African influences, and also Asian influences.  The cream colored spikes on the piece are carved stone (Howelite) and the pendant is made of mixed metals with cloisonné.  This is a piece I own and enjoy wearing–it is lightweight, dramatic and makes a simple outfit much more interesting.