Slag and Pearls on Furnace Arch Necklace

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This one-of-a-kind necklace features Stone Stack Iron Furnace Slag, quite a mouthful for a rich river treasure. I found the slag in the Gale River near me, but it could have come from countless other historical iron furnace sites across North America and Europe. I polished it so as to preserve the gleam that it had in the river, and set it in silver, in the shape of an arch on the furnace, and textured like the stone that was used so expertly in its construction. Three small fresh-water pearls dangle from it, adding motion and light. The slag has my approach to kintsugi, the Japanese art of inlaying gold to repair a piece. In this case it is gold mica powder mixed with a medium, and my intention was to add visual interest and beauty, while making the surface a bit more regular. The piece measures 5/8" x 1 1/4" and hangs from an oxidized 18" Sterling chain.