Once in a Blue Moon
Once In A Blue Moon is an exotic Limited Edition neckpiece that has been intricately crafted by hand in our Byron Bay studio... We have designed it with the dual option to wear as either a single layer piece, or double wrapped around the neck to be worn in a shorter style also. Although rooted in ethnic tradition, this unique necklace has a stunning bohemian feel and fresh tropical island beach vibe with the inclusion of seashells.
This statement necklace features:
- Traditional and authentic rich royal sapphire blue Lapis Lazuli cross from Afghanistan
- Genuine handcrafted silver coin pendants from the Kuchi People of Pakistan/Afghanistan
- Clusters of tropical cowrie seashells from East Timor
- Blue miniature glass, teal recycled glass and navy blue wood beading
- Deep ocean blue kangaroo hide leather from North Queensland, Australia
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’.