Well I finally finished this excruciatingly time consuming necklace.
This is a rigid spiraling peyote tube. As far as I can tell the original base pattern was created by Aleta Ford Baker. I built on the original pattern by making the spiral a lot wider and adding the Japanese drop beads.
Made from lots and lots of black and clear silver lined seed beads. And of course silver Japanese drop beads.
PS: I know that neither Coco Chanel or Audrey Hepburn would wear this, but I can't help thinking of them when I look at it.