Northern Hemisphere Necklace and Bracelet Set - Distance measured in Beads


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Northern Hemisphere
Latitudes 0, 15, 30, 45, 60, and 75
Necklace and Bracelet Set
Distance measured in Beads

1 bead = ~50 miles / 80.5 kilometers

Welcome to the Northern Hemisphere!

A series of 5 beaded necklaces and a bracelet,
each one depicting a "slice" of the world,
crossing through a diverse selection of terrain and civilizations,
along the Latitudes of the North:
the Equator, 15 North, 30 North, 45 North, 60 North, and 75 North.

Distances are roughly proportional,
with each bead representing approximately 50 miles / 80.5 kilometers
of Great Circle distance.

Water, Land, and Cities are marked on the strands,
creating a wearable map:
a bare-bones geolocation device built with stone-age technology.*

Water is represented by shiny deep blue glass beads.

Land is a combination of frosted green glass,
in spring green and evergreen shades,
with natural stone beads marking the mountains
and changes in elevation.

Cities are marked with shiny dichroic glass beads:
this necklace includes densely-populated cities
on or near the Latitudes represented.
If you would like any other cities marked,
please mention it in the "note to seller" area.

A clasp snaps each necklace together at Longitude 180,
the International Date Line over the Pacific Ocean.

If you would like to mark a special location on the necklace,
I can add a decorative copper bead at the location of your choice:
just send a conversation through Etsy, and let me know where you want it!

Each necklace can be worn individually, or wear them as a set.

*Not for use in actual Land or Sea Navigation.

75 North features the following landmarks:

Pacific Ocean
Northwestern Passages, Canada
Baffin Bay
Barents Sea
Novaya Zemlya Islands, Russia
Kara Sea
Laptev Sea
New Siberian Islands
East Siberian Sea
International Date Line (clasp)

60 North features the following landmarks:

Pacific Ocean
Bering Sea
Anchorage, Alaska, United States
Gulf of Alaska
Hudson Bay
Ungana Bay
Newfoundland, Canada
Labrador Sea
Atlantic Ocean
Norwegian Sea
Shetland Islands
Bergen, Norway
Oslo, Norway
Baltic Sea
Helsinki, Finland
Gulf of Finland
St. Petersburg, Russia
Severoural'sk, Russia
Magadan, Russia
Sea of Okhotsk
International Date Line (clasp)

45 North features the following landmarks:

Pacific Ocean
Portland, Oregon, United States
Minneapolis, Michigan, United States
Lake Michigan
Lake Huron
Montreal, Canada
Halifax, Canada
Atlantic Ocean
Bordeaux, France
Venice, Italy
Adriatic Sea
Beograd, Serbia
Bucuresti, Romania
Black Sea
Simferopol, Ukraine
Krasnodar, Russia
Stavropol, Russia
Caspian Sea
Aral Sea
Lake Balkhash
Altai, Russia
Altai Mountains
Harbin, China
Vladivostok, Russia
Sea of Japan
Sapporo, Japan
Sea of Okhotsk
Hokkaido, Japan
International Date Line (clasp)

30 North features the following landmarks:

Pacific Ocean
Ensenada, Mexico
Gulf of California
Austin, Texas, United States
Lake Charles, Louisiana, United States
New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Gulf of Mexico
Jacksonville, Florida, United States
Atlantic Ocean
Marrakech, Morocco
Ghudamis, Libya
Gulf of Sirte
Benghazi, Libya
Nile Delta
Alexandria, Egypt
Cairo, Egypt
Suez, Egypt
Jerusalem, Israel
Al Kuwayt
Kuwait City, Kuwait
Persian Gulf
Shiraz, Iran
Zahedan, Iran
Quetta, Pakistan
Multan, Pakistan
Saharanpur, India
Baitadi, Nepal
Himalayan Mountains
Lhasa, Tibet
Nyingchi, Tibet
Chongqing, China
Hangzhou, China
Kagoshima, Japan
International Date Line (clasp)

15 North features the following landmarks:

Pacific Ocean
Tapachula, Mexico
Ciudad de Guatemala, Guatemala
Tegucialpa, Honduras
Caribbean Sea
Fort-de-France, Martinique
Atlantic Ocean
Mindelo, Cape Verde
Dakar, Senegal
Wompou, Mauritania
Adel Bagrou, Mauritania
Niamey, Niger
Zinder, Niger
Lake Chad / Lac Tchad
N'Djamena, Chad
Arada, Chad
Al Khurtum, Sudan
Massawa, Eritrea
Red Sea
Al Hudayah, Yemen
Arabian Sea
Goa, India
Anantapur, India
Indian Ocean
Bangkok, Thailand
Da Nang, Vietnam
South China Sea
Manila, Philippines
Philippine Sea
Marshall Islands
Wake Island
International Date Line (clasp)

The Equator features the following landmarks:

Pacific Ocean
Isla Isabella, Galapagos Islands
Quito, Ecuador
Anapa, Brasil
Atlantic Ocean
Sao Tome
Libreville, Gabon
Mbandaka, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Kisangani, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Angumu, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Bulambo, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Kampala, Uganda
Nairobi, Kenya
Jamaame, Somalia
Indian Ocean
Sumatra, Indonesia
Kabu patu, Borneo
Sanggau, Borneo
Molucca Sea
Maluku Islands
Halmahera Sea
Irian Jaya Islands
Nauru Islands
Marshall Islands
International Date Line (clasp)

Necklace & Bracelet Lengths:
60 North: 16.5 inches / 42 centimeters
45 North: 23 inches / 58 centimeters
30 North: 28 inches / 71 centimeters
15 North: 31.5 inches / 80 centimeters
Equator: 34.5 inches / 87 centimeters
75 North Bracelet Length: 8 inches / 20 centimeters

Designer: Laura Cesari for Chain of Being - Spring 2011
Based on a pattern from Nature & Civilization

Designer's Note:
Translating latitudes into beads is absolutely fascinating:
I would love to make them all!

Please send a note through Etsy Conversations
if you would like any particular Latitude or Longitude represented in beads.

Please see our "Latitude & Longitude" section for more:

-- Read more about us! --

Interview with designer Laura Cesari, by the Planetary Society:
"The Solar System, in Jewelry Form"

Interview with Craftzine:
"Artist Explores Universe through Solar System Necklaces"

Solar System Necklace in "Best of MAKE: 2010":

More info & updates!

Read More about us!

Interview with designer Laura Cesari, by the Planetary Society:

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    Frequently Asked Questions

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    Care instructions

    We use durable, high-quality Jeweler's-grade beads and wire.

    We test everything, and our jewelry should last a long time under normal fashion jewelry wear conditions.

    But, please note, our items are not "indestructible" :)

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    Materials & Variations

    We use high-quality Natural Gemstones for all our Planets! Please expect variations in Gemstone texture and color. We do not use dyed gems. We prioritize quality and color rather than needing to find a specific gem.

    All other beads, such as the spacer beads, Sun, and some of the small rings, are high-quality colorfast glass, glass/stone composite, or mother-of-pearl.

    Occasional variations in stones, clasps & findings may occur, based on trends and availability.

    Our materials are all non-toxic and comply with California's strict Proposition 65 safe materials standards - hooray!

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