I found this vintage skeleton key at an architectural salvage yard in Brooklyn. Was it for a room that held the promise of privacy, a first home, hard-earned, a closet full of secrets? It's fun to think about the possibilities, which I did as I made it the focal point of this one-of-a-kind statement necklace.
I left the key unpolished, and something about the patina it earned with its age reminded me of pearls. So I used a traditional hand-knotting technique to string natural pearls of different colors on silk -- you'll see pearls in lavender, chocolate brown, purple, pale green, blue. For additional strength, I intertwined that with sturdy spring green Chinese knotting cord. The remainder of the chain is decorative copper, and can be worn at either 25 inches in length or 28 inches, ending in a gold-plate lobster clasp. I can adjust the length of the chain for you, just add a note with your order.
In one of the photos you'll see the necklace paired with a lock plate necklace, which is sold separately.
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