Sting 'em with style! Bright, sexy, and super unusual, you'll stand out in this festive collar necklace. Shagreen (stingray leather) gives fabulous texture while glowing cabochons bring home the bling. The luminescent terminals can be worn facing front to bring attention to your chest, or in the back for an unexpected detail at the nape of your neck. A vintage piece with a futuristic feel.
Vintage shagreen, gold-plated metal and glass. Unmarked, maker unknown. Measures 13" long; 5" wide and 4" front to back. The fit can be adjusted slightly - but do so with the utmost care, as too much movement may damage the piece.
While oceanic skins have been used since the ancients, the name "shagreen" for ray and shark skin came around in the 17th Century when the materials gained favor in Europe.
Stingrays got a nasty rep after one famously killed Steve Irwin in 2006. However, they are not aggressive animals - their sting (a defense mechanism) causes wrenching pain, but severe trauma is unlikely. Mr. Irwin’s demise? Well, he disturbed the wrong ray at the wrong time and was stung right in the heart.
Feather & Foxglove donates a portion of profits to environmental conservation and animal welfare organizations.