This statement necklace features:
- Traditional decorative hand tooled and hand-etched silver-alloy ‘sun’ pendant from the Banjara People, a nomadic gypsy tribe from Northern India
- Authentic silver-alloy (also known as; white-metal, desert-silver and German silver) coin pendants from the Kuchi People of Pakistan/Afghanistan
- Genuine old white metal beads from Ethiopia
- Small clusters of tropical cowrie seashells from East Timor
- Miniature recycled glass and ceramic beading
- Forest green kangaroo hide leather from Australia
PLEASE NOTE: The Banjara 'Sun' pendant in each piece varies ever-so-slightly in size and design, therefore may not be exactly as pictured here. This is because each necklace is totally unique, with our feature pieces collected from different tribal villages throughout Northern India.
It is important to remember the exotic feature pieces in our jewellery have traveled untold distances from village to village, and passed from generation to generation. We believe it’s these irregularities in each piece that form part of its charm, heritage, and value.
All our products come in either an envelope style gift bag, or gift box.
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 Kuchi Tribe:
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.
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 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’.