Necklaces commissioned by Prue Acton from the Melbourne jeweller Marcos Davidson in the period 1980 - 1985. The bone was provided by Universal Meats of Melbourne, and prepared by a restaurant in the Block Arcade.

At least one was worn by the donor.

Physical Description

Two necklaces of brown leather thonging with a burnt and carved central animal bone and small plastic and metal beads.


For jewellery using bones, Universal Meats of Melbourne provided bones. A Melbourne restaurant in Block Arcade, cooked the bones, kept the meat and stock, put the bones in a pizza oven to dry - smell caused problems. Later bones were boiled in studio of Marcus Davidson,Block Arcade using coke cola, lime and sterident and left to dry in the sun.
Smell continued to cause problems with other residents of Block Arcade.

Photographs of this jewellery being made are with Marcus Davidson, Flinders Lane, Melbourne (personal communication with Marcus Davidson 16/5/1996. NB: According to ex staff every range was accessorised for local and overseas markets.

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