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wheel of life marble necklace

by Jessie Alon
Handmade
Recycled
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Bellisima Storia

Earthy and warm, these exquisitely hand crafted necklaces by Jessie Alon are created using a technique called Terrazzo, which is Italian for terrace.

The origins of Terrazzo can be traced back to 15th century Italy. Venetian craftsmen had discovered an innovative use for small remnants of marble chips left over from the studios of local sculptors: they would combine the marble with mortar to create beautiful terraces.

In that same tradition, these necklaces are cast from a mixture of reclaimed marble and recycled glass. Additional color and texture are added by layering natural elements such as river rock and semi-precious stones. It is during the polishing process, as the marble and glass are being exposed, that the piece begins to come alive. Placed atop hand hammered 100% recycled sterling silver, these necklaces have a warmth and personality to them that only handmade items can. Handmade in Vermont. Exclusively at UncommonGoods.

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Handmade
Recycled
Item ID
17783
Made from
sterling silver
Measurements
Chain: 16", pendant: 3/4" x 1"
Notes
recycled glass on hand hammered 100% recycled sterling silver. Handmade in Vermont.
  • the maker
Jessie Alon

Jessie Alon

Jessie Alon, a primarily self-taught artist, studied art education and design in college. In 2002, she began working as a jeweler for a well known glassblower. Four years later Jessie opened her own jewelry business.

With a love for design and creating, in 2004 Jessie and and her husband Michael began designing and building their home. With an eclectic sense of style, Jessie and Michael incorporated many old world techniques into their home. In the building process, Jessie became interested in architectural designs and concepts. During this time, Jessie became fascinated with the 15th century Italian technique of Terrazzo (A technique in which discarded marble chips and remnants are applied to another surface in order to elevate it.) She began researching and experimenting on ways to incorporate this into her jewelry line.

Jessie dedicated a year to refining a technique enabling her to use terrazzo successfully on a small scale. The result is a line of jewelry with timeless style.

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WHEEL OF LIFE MARBLE NECKLACE
 
3.7

(based on 9 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (1)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

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67%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Unique (5)
  • Meaningful (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Everyday (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Stylish (5), Classic style (4), Practical (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes (6), No (3)

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3.0

Wheel of Life

By 

from New York

About Me Classic, Practical, Stylish

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Good Length
  • Meaningful
  • Unique

Cons

  • Smaller than expected

Best Uses

  • Dress Up or Down

Comments about WHEEL OF LIFE MARBLE NECKLACE:

I purchased two of the wheel of life necklaces. The necklace was smaller than expected. I ordered one in green and one in blue, but when they arrived, the colors were the same. These necklaces were giving as gift and the receiptents really liked them

  • Was this a gift?:
  • Yes

Comment on this review

 
2.0

Not what I expected...

By 

from Boston, MA

About Me Career, Stylish

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Unique

Cons

  • Lacks Luster

Best Uses

    Comments about WHEEL OF LIFE MARBLE NECKLACE:

    I ordered the green one as a stocking stuffer for my wife. I am embarrassed to even show it to her as it looks nothing like the picture in the catalog. There is no luster, and the color is not at all like the picture. It looks like any old stone from my backyard.
    No wonder they just dropped the price. I'll be returning it ASAP...

    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes

    Comment on this review

     
    4.0

    very nice!

    By 

    from MA

    About Me Classic, Practical, Stylish

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Pretty
    • Unique

    Cons

    • Too Short

    Best Uses

    • Everyday

    Comments about WHEEL OF LIFE MARBLE NECKLACE:

    I really like this necklace, very pretty! It's a little short in my opinion, but I have an extender that I use with it to make it longer. Would like it in every color!

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    Comment on this review

     
    4.0

    gift-worthy

    By 

    from overland park, ks

    About Me Practical

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Unique
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Everyday
      • Going Out
      • Office

      Comments about WHEEL OF LIFE MARBLE NECKLACE:

      was a gift for my daughter-in-law. she seemed to like it, but i'll know more after i see it around her neck. especially appreciated the info card that came with it describing the necklace and the artist.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes

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      4.0

      Exact as per Description! Beautiful

      By 

      from NY

      About Me Modern, Stylish

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Good Length
      • Good Quality
      • Pretty

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Everyday

        Comments about WHEEL OF LIFE MARBLE NECKLACE:

        This was a gift for my best friend and it was a huge hit! It was everything it stated: environmental, hand crafted, recycled and a great design.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • Yes

        Comment on this review

         
        4.0

        Jewelry for Italy Trip

        By 

        from Hawthorne, New Jersey

        About Me Classic

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Good Quality
        • Meaningful

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Everyday

          Comments about WHEEL OF LIFE MARBLE NECKLACE:

          The uniqueness of how this necklace was made. I will wear it on my trip to Italy.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          Comment on this review

           
          4.0

          Beautiful color!

          By 

          from Washington State

          About Me Classic

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Meaningful
          • Unique

          Cons

          • Smaller than I expected

          Best Uses

          • Everyday

          Comments about WHEEL OF LIFE MARBLE NECKLACE:

          This is a birthday gift for a dear friend. I love the idea of using reclaimed marble, but the marble disk is smaller than I expected from the pictures and description.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • Yes

          Comment on this review

           
          3.0

          "Blinded by the advertisement."

          By 

          from Park City, UT

          About Me Career, Comfort-Oriented, Practical, Stylish

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Dazzles
          • Versatile

          Cons

          • Lacks Luster
          • Poor Workmanship

          Best Uses

          • Everyday
          • Going Out
          • Office

          Comments about WHEEL OF LIFE MARBLE NECKLACE:

          The first day I wore it, it broke near the clasp. I wasn't even doing any thing strenuous. Very dissapointed.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          Comment on this review

           
          5.0

          Beautiful

          By 

          from Los Angeles, CA

          About Me Midrange Shopper

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Attractive Design

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Wear it

            Comments about WHEEL OF LIFE MARBLE NECKLACE:

            Beautiful necklace - very original and natural. I gave it as a gift to my mother-in-law who loves it!

            • Was this a gift?:
            • Yes

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