While not location specific, this months piece came to us from inspiration of many foreign lands.
As we move about the world and explore new places, we are always amazed by our similarities as well as our differences to places and people we have never met.
No matter where we are in the world, there is always something that binds us as humans and sets us apart as a culture.
We chose a feather as this months piece as it is one staple we have seen in almost every place we have visited. For the indigenous peoples of North America, the feather represents connection to the Spirit. In ancient Egypt, the goddess Ma’at wears a single ostrich feather that is said to be the feather of truth. The Highlanders of Scotland placed a feather in their cap to symbolize rank in their clan. In Mesoamerica (pre -colonial Mexico) feathers were considered magickal and were symbols of fertility, abundance and the divine.
We chose the abalone shell in honor of the adage, “as above so below;” as the sea is the opposite of the sky and balance is always necessary.
We hope you connect with this piece as much as do and wish you safe travels wherever you may go.
Celtic Knot Necklace
In Celtic tradition, the “infinity knot” or “endless knot” represents eternity, undying or unending. While this symbol can represent life, it also is used to represent friendship, love, freedom, loyalty and a myriad of other sentiments that endure.
The design itself is always one thread, one line and one woven loop. There is no end and no beginning. This symbolizes how life, eternity and the after life are all connected.
The designs were first seen in 3BC and can be found in art, manuscripts and architecture. They are found in Roman mosaics, Russian literature, Ethiopian art, Medieval era & Islamic art. It is believed the knot traveled it way through Europe, making its way to Ireland & the Scottish Highlands.
Celtic knots or “mystic knots” as they are also called, were exchanged between lovers as amulets of affection the way we now exchange rings in marriage.
Your necklace is made of .925 sterling silver and was inspired by the stunning green hills of Scotland. Our travels took us through abandoned castles, thick forests, down cobblestone streets and inside warm pubs.
Do not soak in water, clean with a dry jewelry cloth. Do not get lotions, perfumes or oils on the gold.
Portofino Coast Necklace
Kuchi necklace, handmade by an ancient tribe in Afghanistan.
The Kuchi people are Pakhtuns, which is the dominant tribe in Afghanistan. While they are largely settled now, historically they were a nomadic tribe that traveled the ancient trade routes between Afghanistan and Pakistan. They were the wanderers, the explorers, a romantic tribe of nomads who revered the vibrant and intricate art their jewelry displayed. This craft of jewels is a celebration of life, of beauty, of style, of electric, colorful boldness!
The Kuchi often add coins, bells, and colorful cut glass to their adornments—bringing a richer life and experience to the jewelry. Many believe that these jewels not only amplify ones radiance and beauty, but that they also ward off evil spirits.
Kuchi jewelry has a great and rich cultural history—with the designs having remained mainly unchanged over the last 3000 years.
Lapis Lazuli is commonly used and is a deep blue stone known said to inspire creativity and confidence.
Reds, greens and turquoise pieces are commonly a colored Howlite. Howlite is said to be a calming stone and is ideal to wear when encountering stressful energy.