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  • Republic of You - Summer Solstice - Gypsy boho necklace with cowry shells and silver coins wrapped in tan leather.

Summer Solstice

‘Summer Solstice’  is a stunning and unique Limited Edition necklace with only 4 created.

Handcrafted in our Byron Bay studio, this necklace features:

  • Old decorative silver-alloy scalloped edge coin pendant, circa 1950s, from the nomadic Banjara Tribe of Northern India
  • Small round coin pendants, circa 1980s, and cylinder spacer beads also from the Banjara People of Northern India
  • Cowrie shell clusters from East Timor
  • Coconut beading
  • Hemp and linen cord
  • Kangaroo hide leather
"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.’"

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

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’.