Quick Facts: The etched brass pendant measures at a little more than 1.5 inches; its width is about the same. The cording length is a about 18 inches, including the handmade clasp. The Story: What makes you think of hope, strength, beauty and the ability to overcome difficult circumstances? For me, the images which come to mind are of lotus flowers. This beautiful pendant was inspired by those women who have the courage to, despite difficult circumstance, look within themselves to find their own strength and beauty... who discover their ability to embrace their power to stand up for their hopes, even in the ugliest of situations. Made from 20g yellow brass sheet metal, this pendant has been cut to size, had its rough edges smoothed, and then was polished. The design was hand-drawn, and then it was gently placed into an acid bath which ate away the undesired portions. Once taken from the bath it was washed, antiqued to bring out the beauty revealed by its ordeal, a hole was drilled to allow it to be worn, and then it was polished. Strung on black cording, all the connections are handmade with yellow brass wire. Brass does, of course, over time develop an attractive patina. This is part of the beauty of the material. It does have a thin protective layer of wax to protect it, but expect the beautiful patina to gradually appear. From beginning to end, this item is handmade with love... with all the attention you deserve! This item comes with a FREE white gift box, for your gift-giving pleasure! As always, 10% of the sale profits are donated to my Featured Charity!