Designed in our 'self-tie' style, allowing it to be worn as long or short as you desire, 'Bohemian Muse' is a contemporary tribal Limited Edition necklace, handcrafted in our Byron Bay studio on the East Coast of Australia. It features:
- Authentic and traditional silver-alloy decorative coin pendants, ghungaroo bell beads, and a cylinder spacer bead from the nomadic gypsy Banjara Tribe of Northern India
- Clusters of tropical cowrie seashells from East Timor
- Genuine and exotic desert-silver vintage 'alladin' bead and chain pendant, circa 1960s, crafted by hand in Pakistan by the Kuchi People of Afghanistan
- Natural, black or brown/tan kangaroo-hide leather from Australia
The natural leather version of this necklace gives it a fresh, beachy tropical island or coastal luxe feel where the brown and black leather designs have a more urban aesthetic, perfect for those city dwelling gypsy mermaids.
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 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 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’.
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.