Bead Embroidery Brecciated Jasper Cabochon Necklace
While working on this cabochon at the Beothuk Interpretation center I had many people comment on how it the colour resembles the red ochre used by the Beothuk Indians. I was surprised how many people mentioned this fact to me that day. Since this necklace has such significant red earth colour and was mostly worked on at aboriginal themed events, I wanted give this piece a special name. I decided to call it "Demasduit".
Demasduit was one of the last Beothuk Indians (some people believe that Beothuk descendants still walk among us, I too believe this). She was more commonly known as Mary March. This name was given to her after being captured in 1819.
This piece is intricately beaded in size 15 and size 11 seeds worked in a geometric pattern, with a Brecciated Jasper Cabochon which is captured beads. Long lush branch fringe with jasper chips and seed beads give this traditionally beaded pendant a nice contemporary twist. The chain is partially weaved in spiral rope and completed with intertwined bead chains with a beaded toggle/peyote loop closure.