This pendant is made out of a piece of Chaney (the words china + money combined) which is known about throughout St. Croix. Chaney is pieces of china plates and pottery that were broken over 100 years ago during St. Croix’s slave revolt, known as the “Fireburn” in 1878.
During the revolt, the enslaved men and women went out into the fields and burned all the sugar cane that the slave-owners had. Some women stayed back at the plantations and broke all the slave-owners china and pottery.
The broken pieces of china were then discarded and forgotten.
Now every time it rains in St. Croix, pieces of the china, “Chaney”, resurface out of the dirt and sand.
They are then washed and made into historical jewelry.