'Nia' is an exotic Limited Edition modern contemporary tribal necklace intricately hand-beaded and leather wrapped in our Byron Bay studio on the East Coast of Australia.
Although tribal in nature, this necklace has a beachy tropical island feel with its eclectic mix of trinkets and shells.
- Genuine decorative desert-silver (also known as German silver) Coptic Christian cross from the Kemise Tribe of Eastern Ethiopia.
- Traditional and authentic gypsy coin pendants, and vintage charms handcrafted by the Kuchi People of Afghanistan (see History Menu below).
- Clusters of tropical cowrie seashells from East Timor (see History Menu below).
- White and natural coloured recycled glass and ceramic beading.
- White kangaroo hide leather from Australia, natural hemp from Tibet and cotton cord.
Origin: Celtic, Irish, Welsh
Meaning: Brightness, Beauty or Purpose
Characteristics: Loving, Affectionate, Sensitive and Compassionate
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 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’.