A vintage rosary fragment is adorned with a beautifully detailed, carved sacred heart made of cinnabar is crowned with a flame of polished garnet. Much of this chain is patina'ed and weathered-- I have delicately cleaned the fragments before working with them, preferring to leave the rust and darkness as part of its past life. The beads have a weight to them that suggests onyx stone. The rosary did not come complete-- someone before me had added a little alloy skull to replace one of the missing beads. I have replaced this skull with a small pewter fetal skull which corresponds better with the size and weight of the stone beads. The Marion connector feels modern yet substantial and elegant.
The rosary measures 28" (71cm) long with a 5 1/2" (14cm) drop from the connector. This necklace easily fits over the head without a clasp.
The name cinnabar originally comes from the mineral used to dye the tree-sap derived lacquer used in the carving. This ancient art begins with layers of lacquer built up to form an object which is then carved.
While making the first black hearted love necklace, I had the P. J. Harvey song "My Black Hearted Love" going through my head-- the stormy tryst described that song.This design has become a trademark piece for Feral Strumpet, though no two are alike. It is the perfect necklace to wear to while surrendering to dark wiles!
All my jewellery is made by hand by my partner Mike and myself in a converted 18th century naval school on the wild North coast of Scotland. All pieces come gift wrapped with lavender and Scottish heather.