Inspired by exotic tropical island beach resorts, Ocean Breeze is a whimsical and eclectic modern contemporary tribal shell necklace perfect for all us ground dwelling mermaids!
Hand-beaded in our Byron Bay studio on the East Coast of Australia, this Limited Edition necklace features:
- Genuine vintage desert-silver chain pendant and miniature charms, circa 1960s, handcrafted by the Kuchi People of Afghanistan
- Traditional silver-alloy gypsy coin pendants handmade by nomadic Banjara Tribe of Northern India
- Clusters of tropical cowrie seashells from East Timor
- Authentic fish vertebrae bone trade beads from Gambia, Africa
- White and natural coloured recycled glass and ceramic beading
- White kangaroo hide leather from Australia, natural hemp string from Nepal and cotton cord
All our products come in either an envelope style gift bag, or gift box.
The word Kuchi stems from a Persian word meaning migration. Originating from Afghanistan, the Kuchi People roamed areas along the ancient Silk Road trade routes for an estimated 3000 years. Known as prolific wanderers who migrated over immense distances, this nomadic tribe became masters at trekking to the remotest of areas.
Kuchi jewelry often reflects this freedom within its style, using features such as distinctive jingling chain and bells which sound like rain. Since many of these pieces were intended to be worn daily under very rough conditions, they were often boldly crafted of sturdy metal to withstand a rigorous nomadic lifestyle. This may explain why old Kuchi pieces are still available today and in relatively good condition even after decades of rugged wear.
It is important to remember this jewellery has traveled untold distances from village to village, and passed from generation to generation. We believe it’s the irregularities in each piece that form part of its charm, heritage, and value.
About the Banjara Tribe:
The Banjara People are a collective of nomadic gypsy tribes from Northern India. They are said to be the descendants of the Roma gypsies from Europe who migrated to India through the rugged mountains of Afghanistan and finally settled in Rajasthan.
Originally the Banjara’s were bullock transport carriers and builders of great monuments. For centuries they efficiently moved their enormous caravans through the vast roadless tracks of India guaranteeing safe conduct for grain, salt and messages.
Due to the nomadic nature of their culture, the Banjara’s traditionally ‘wore’ their wealth thus creating a unique aesthetic, colorful dress and spectacular jewelry quite unlike any other tribe.
About the Cowrie Shell:
Destined to transfer good luck, fortune and material wealth to those in its possession, the cowry shell is considered a deeply spiritual and highly valued object in African culture. The cowrie carries with it the blessing of Moté, ancient deity and goddess of water, also affectionately referred to as ‘Mother of Water’.