Jewelry casting is a process of making jewelry pieces that involves the pouring of liquid metal alloy into a mold. It is usually referred to as lost-wax casting because the casting mold is created using a wax model that is melted away to leave a hollow chamber in the middle of the mold. The technique has been used for thousands of years. Crunchy Diva Designs has used the method to make our exclusive African Gold Weight Collection of unique pendant necklaces.
These pendants were cast from antique African Akan gold weights from the early 1900's. These weights were used to weigh gold dust, which was the currency until it was related with paper money and coins. Each weight had a known measurement and these provided merchants with a secure and fair trades with one another. Beyond the practical application, the weights are representational of West African culture. Crunchy Diva Designs has named each one after a city in West Africa.
The Cotonou antique brass pendant is 1" X 1/2" and the brass chain is 18" long. Each necklace comes with an informational card and a cloth bag for safe keeping.