Malachite and clarinet key pendant
This necklace is made from a clarinet key off an E11 clarinet that went through twelve years of Texas high school marching band before it finally bit the dust. It lived a long life and was well-loved by a family of three boys in Carrollton, Texas. On the last game of the season for the youngest boy his senior year, it sleeted, and the sudden drop in temperature combined with having to blow warm air into a wooden instrument finally caused the clarinet to split open. And that, as they say, was that! The metal is sterling silver that has been oxidized to make the gold accents and the malachite stand out more. The malachite is the bull's-eye variety and was mined in Bisbee, Arizona. Fun fact: malachite comes in two varieties, banded and botryoidal (also known as bull's-eye). These terms are in reference to how they formed in the ground. The banded variety was laid down in layers like sediment, while the botryoidal variety formed by bubbling and forming layers around small crystals like a pearl does when it forms in an oyster. The chain is 10k gold plated and is 16 inches long with an inch and a half long extender chain.