Four pendants stolen from exhibit

Posted: Thursday, December 02, 2004

Juneau goldsmith Michael Reid Hunter is searching for four half dollar-size gold pendants after a thief apparently stole them from a display at The Friendly Planet's gallery sometime in mid-November.

The four pendants, three in 22-karat gold and one in 24-karat, weigh a little over 10 grams each and are worth a combined $1,600. They were last seen around Nov. 12.

Hunter's not angry with the thief, just "disappointed, really," he said. He has no insurance for the items, nor does The Friendly Planet. He's contacted police but heard of no leads.

Hunter, a jeweler, was sharing The Friendly Planet's loft space, at 200 Seward St., for a November art exhibition with painter Rick Clair.

"It's a very nice space, and I was very impressed with the turnout," he said.

The four circular "directional pendants" are designed to represent north, south, east and west. Each piece has a leather band with gold and glass beads and an accompanying journal. For the exhibit, Hunter had the four pendants on a brocade, out in the open. All four were for sale.

"It may have been silly to put them out like that," he said.

Three of the pendants are pierced in the center, while "North" is pierced through the top. All four are covered in symbols. "West" is 24-karat pure gold, "North" is 22-karat gray gold, "East" is 22-karat green gold, and "South" is 22-karat red gold.

Hunter found out his items were gone a few days before Thanksgiving. He filed a report with the police.

"They said keep an eye on eBay, and they're checking the pawn shop," Hunter said.

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