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Gold Brass Kaleidoscope Compass Pendant Necklace

  • $ 3500


I have taken a working brass kaleidoscope with glass jewels and added a brass compass with a tiny gold plated anchor charm. This comes with a 24 inch antiqued gold plated rope chain. The kaleidoscope is hand crafted brass with 18k gold electroplate. It is 2.25 inches long. The compass is set inside a vintage brass ship's wheel bezel and the letters glow under UV light.

A kaleidoscope is a cylinder with mirrors that contains colored objects suchs as bits of glass. They are often made of brass, wood, or glass. As you look through one end, light enters the other, which creates a colorful pattern from the reflection of the mirrors.

The name kaleidoscope was coined in 1817 by Sir David Brewster, a Scottish inventor. It is derived from the ancient greek phrase "kalos eidos skopeo", which means "to see beautiful forms".

Brewster was conducting experiments on light polarization when he invented the kaleidoscope. Manufacturing began in 1817, and it proved to be such a sucess that 200,000 kaleidoscopes were sold in London and Paris in just three months. It was originally intended as a scientific tool, but was later copied as a toy.

A note on my compass jewelry. I have made every effort to use non-magnetic materials so the compass will actually work. However, unless stated in the description, the compasses I design with are not precise instruments. They should not be used to guide a group of scouts out of the wilderness, or similar such acts. They should be considered decorative only.


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