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  • Republic of You - The Beautiful & The Damned - Black leather crucifix necklace with cross pendant and silver embellishments
  • Republic of You - The Beautiful & The Damned - Black leather crucifix necklace with cross pendant and silver embellishments
  • Republic of You - The Beautiful & The Damned - Black leather crucifix necklace with cross pendant and silver embellishments

The Beautiful and the Damned

  • $250 AUD
Inspired by the punk rock poet Patti Smith, a street style fashion icon in her own right, this eclectic and edgy necklace has been crafted by hand in our Byron Bay studio on the East Coast of Australia.  

A Limited Edition piece with only 5 created, 'The Beautiful and The Damned' has been designed to wear as a single layer piece, yet is long enough to double wrap around the neck and wear in a shorter style also. 

This statement necklace is perfect for everyday wear and features:
  • Genuine vintage Fatima crucifix, circa 1960s, and miniature rosary crucifix, circa 1930s, both made in France
  • Old and exotic desert-silver beads, circa 1960s, and decorative chain pendant handcrafted by the ethnic Kuchi People of Afghanistan
  • Traditional and authentic silver-alloy gypsy coin pendants and cylinder spacer bead from the Banjara Tribe of Northern India
  • Black Kangaroo-hide leather and cotton cord
  • Brass, ceramic and wood beading

All our products come in either an envelope style gift bag, or gift box.
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.
 
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.