West Egg Necklace
Defined by sharp Art Deco designs and delicious excess, the 1920s were a time of lively lifestyle changes. One of the more "organic" changes taking place began to pick up steam in the 1960s and continues to spark opinions-and even new laws-today. When furniture designer and Art Deco enthusiast Garry Knox Bennett moved to San Francisco's iconic Haight & Ashbury in the 1960s, he was inspired to combine his love of the Deco aesthetic with the emerging hippie culture. Roach clips-metal holders designed to keep smokers from burning fingers on an almost-finished joint-were high in demand, so Garry began to create beautiful Deco-inspired jewelry that doubled as functional smoking paraphernalia. As the hippie culture waned, so did the demand for these useful and beautiful tokens. Portland, Oregon-based metal smith and jeweler Erin Rose Gardner was enchanted with the unique accessories and Garry's designs. As an homage to times gone by, and the recent resurgence of the pot movement, she created this necklace-both an elegant relic and a functional accessory, should you find yourself in legal territory. Offering a working slide mechanism and lustrous 24k gold finish, this piece is beautifully hand hammered on an anvil and serves as a true conversation starter. Now stick that in your pipe and smoke it. or don't. Handmade in Portland, Oregon.