Tribal Muse is an exotic and totally unique contemporary tribal necklace... Handcrafted in our Byron Bay studio on the East Coast of Australia, this necklace makes a bold and elaborate statement with its edgy design.
- Genuine buffalo teeth from South Dakota
- Authentic handmade vintage silver-alloy ghungaroo bell beads, circa 1960s, from the nomadic gypsy Banjara Tribe of Northern India
- Clusters of tropical cowrie seashells from East Timor
- White ceramic beading
- Knotted and wrapped white kangaroo-hide leather from Australia
It is important to remember the traditional vintage silver 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.
"Considered a gift from the Great Spirit to the Native American people, the buffalo represents: wisdom, patience, prosperity, gratitude, abundance, strength, stability, consistency and blessing.The buffalo teaches us to remain grounded, find strength to carry on our path, to be in harmony with Mother Earth and to connect with the sacredness of life."
PLEASE NOTE: We source our buffalo teeth from a lady who lives in the Blackhills of South Dakota. For the past 20+ years she has worked closely with a group of Sioux and Lakota Native Americans who hunt and gather expired animals (namely buffalo and deer). These native animals have either become victim to road-kill, died of starvation during the winter months, or have been hunted for food.
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 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’.