Lowbush Cranberry Neckpiece, Garnet & Red Pearl
Lowbush Cranberry Necklace
Silver Jewelry, Toggle, Freshwater Pearls & Garnets,
Cable, 1/2" x 1 3/8", 18" Length
Closely related to the old world Lingonberry, this wild variety of Lowbush cranberry is found throughout the bogs of Interior Alaska and it is just as tart and delicious as its larger cousin. The red freshwater pearls and deep-red garnets make this piece a stand-out!
The toggle works as two interlocking parts, simple to use but secure. It can be worn two separate ways; in front and it becomes your focal point or in back and you maximize the pearl and garnet's natural richness of luster and chaotic order, plus you have a great 'walking away' look. This piece is strung with stainless steel cable (see below).
In late summer, after the first frost, we pack up the car with our buckets and blankets (you never know when you might need a nap in the sun) and head out to our secret berry patch. Hopefully, it has both cranberries and blueberries. Lowbush cranberries are so easy to pick because they grow close to the ground in beautiful red clusters. With one scoop of my berry picker, I sometimes get 40 or 50 berries. They are both tart and crisp and recipes* abound from pies and crumbles to liquors. My cranberry necklace is a quintessential Alaska design.
*The article linked here is written by sisters who live a subsistence lifestyle in rural Alaska. Their stories are always very sweet, funny and informative. Enjoy!
-Each piece comes with detailed instructions.
-Each pearl and garnet is crimped in place and will never require restringing.
-The Soft-Flex cable is made from 7 strands of 7 strands (49 total) of stainless steel and resists crimping and twisting.
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