Hand Amulet (Hamsa)
The hand amulet is regarded as a protective talisman in many parts of the world. In the Middle East and Central Asia it is a powerful protector against “the evil eye”, believed to be the source of misfortune and illness and other problems. It is thought to bring its owner good fortune and to endow them with the virtues of patience and faithfulness. There is a similar Jewish tradition. The Hindu version in India, called the Humsa Hand, is often referred to as the” All-seeing eye of Mercy. In other areas, it is regarded as a “helping hand”, a symbol of friendship and a bringer of wealth.
Cultural Artifacts, Tribal Aesthetics, Modern Style connected to Ancient roots and Traditions
We have searched the globe to find pieces that speak to us, that have historical energy. You can’t see the energy but you can feel it. Handmade, perfect within their imperfections, they have a lovely, sometimes rustic yet refined quality, with beautiful layers of patina that add interest and give zest and zing to your outfits and spirits.
“Frida Kahlo” Colonial Style Earrings of Mexico
Frida Kahlo helped to popularize this beautiful colonial style of jewelry when she adopted the dress of the indigenous people of Mexico as her own. These earrings are beautiful AND light-weight and will surely turn heads when you adopt them as well! The style originates with the Mazahua people who inhabit the northwestern portion of the State of Mexico and northeastern area of Michoacán. The word Mazahua is of Nahuatl origin meaning "the owners of deer", probably referring to the rich fauna of the mountainous region where they live.
Zealandia Designs by Jenny Byrne
Weaving together her love of natural materials, and a fascination with spiritual and mythological art, Zealandia Design’s artisan, Jenny Byrne, has created a unique line of silver, gold fill, and fossilized ivory jewelry rich in archetypal symbolism.
"The idea of using ivory as old as the petroglyphs, and cultures that inspire me, is very exciting as I like my designs to tell stories that honor the wisdom ancient people developed to explain and understand the forces surrounding them. I see early expressions of writing, art and ritual as having an innate power, and incorporate this into my designs as silent incantations or mantra.” -Jenny Byrne, Zealandia Designs
Miao Silver Jewelry
The Miao people, known for their exquisite silver jewelry, dwell in the mountainous areas of southwestern China, Vietnam, Laos, Burma and Thailand. Silver ornaments have been an important part of the Miao culture for over 400 years where it is customary for Miao women to adorn themselves for festivals and celebrations and especially for their wedding day. Miao families begin collecting silver jewelry for their daughters as infants, keeping it in a special wooden box in anticipation of her wedding day, when she displays her finery for the whole village. A wedding costume often includes 8 – 10 kg of exquisitely fashioned silver that represents beauty, wealth and dignity and is believed to ward off evil. Silver jewelry is an easily transportable form of wealth for the Miao minority during seasonal migrations. The jewelry is made using traditional techniques passed down from generation to generation.
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