Antique Ethnic Shell Necklace - Rarotanga

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This is a rare vintage/antique necklace/breast plate measuring about 10 wide by 6"high. It features a large abalone shell with a woven straw design with fringe all along the bottom edge. It is held around the neck by leather cording. This piece came from a large collection of Mexican and Native American jewelry. Wrapped with the piece was a note with the name Rarotanga. From what I can find out, this is a small island in the South Pacific near Tahiti.

The previous owners of the estate were world travelers but seemed to concentrate on Mexican Sterling. How they came to own this piece, I do not know, but it is unusual.

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Pattern: ethnic/cultural
Dimensions: about 6 x 10"
Quality: fair
Quantity: 1
Vendors Item# 24174
Shipping: $3.00 US First Class Mail
Insurance: Including Insurance
Priority Mail: $5.40 US Including Insurance
Gift Wrap: Available Free

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Vendor Contact Information:

Jarretts Jade Jewelry & Small Antiques
Contact: Bill or Sally
889 Sherwood Rd
Charleston, WV  25314 USA
Phone: (304) 945-9136

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