I had a very clear image in my head as I put this necklace together; it seems something of a piece of ritual jewelry that a priestess would wear, keeping her constantly reminded of the circle of life, as it were. Life and death, joy and sorrow, ugliness and beauty; sides opposite but necessary, and always truly connected.
The centerpiece is red obsidian, looking to me like it represents a drop of blood in blank whiteness--but we're going for a theme here, see? It's set in hand-hammered and formed rose copper. Surrounding that are green snake/snakeskin agate beads, wooden beads hand-painted with flowers, and finally one of my favorite old finds, hand-carved wooden skull beads (with quartz beads supporting them). All of this hangs on a cord made of six strands of high-quality cotton embroidery floss, crocheted together for strength and stability. And a nice, rough look, I think. That also gives the necklace a comfy bit of stretch.
I've actually been waiting to put these beads together for... a while. Nice to see it all worked out so well.
(And it is of course for sale