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Handcrafted in our Byron Bay studio on the East Coast of Australia, 'Urban Gypsy' is an eclectic modern contemporary bohemian style necklace that has a collection of genuine tribal trinkets strung onto kangaroo hide leather.
The natural leather and shells give the necklace a fresh, beachy tropical island or coastal luxe feel, where the skull and ethnic silver elements, give it a more grounded urban feel.
Designed to be worn as a long single layer piece, it can also be double wrapped around the neck and worn in a shorter style sitting around the décolletage area.
- Traditional and authentic vintage silver-alloy scalloped edge coin/chain pendant, circa 1960s, and cylinder spacer bead from the nomadic Banjara Tribe of Northern India
- Miniature skull pendant intricately hand-carved using deer antler
- Exotic antique silver-alloy 'telsum' prayer box protective amulet, from the Oromo People of Ethiopia, circa early 1900s
- A cluster of tropical cowrie seashells from East Timor
- Natural kangaroo-hide leather from Australia
It is important to remember the feature vintage tribal 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.
All our products come in either an envelope style gift bag, or gift box.
Ethiopian prayer boxes are traditionally made from an amalgamation of silver, alloy and/or nickel. Some are elaborately decorated and feature granulated designs created with melted silver. Worn by the Oromo People as protective amulets from various perils and superstitions, these particular amulets date from the early 1900s.
The triangular shaped silver boxes are believed to fend off evil spirits and the evil eye, where crescent shaped amulets protect against the powers and spells of the crescent moon. Square, rectangular and irregularly shaped pendants also serve similar purposes of protection.
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’.