Island of Waya is a delicate limited edition necklace handcrafted in our Byron Bay studio. The colour palette was inspired by the stunning landscape on the Island of Waya in Fiji.
• Antique yak bone mala prayer beads with white metal inlay from Tibet. (see history menu)
• Old laboriously handcrafted ostrich eggshell dish beads from Kenya, Africa. (see history menu)
• Ceramic disk beads from Mykonos, Greece.
• Wooden, coconut and miniature 'mustard' glass beading with brass chain.
(If you like the whole 'dual purpose' jewellery thing... this necklace looks just awesome wrapped around the wrist!)
About Mala Beads:
Buddhist mala prayer beads have been used for centuries to count sacred mantra, prayers or ones breath. The main intention is to drive away evil and to fill yourself, and all beings with peace and bliss, and to bring greater happiness, joy, loving-kindness and serenity into the world.
Traditionally the use of Yak bone in mala beads is to remind an individual of ones mortality or impermanence. It is believed the more one contemplates impermanence, the more fruitful life will become.
Ostrich Eggshell Beads:
Ostrich eggshell are considered the oldest known man-made bead in history. Archaeologists discovered ostrich eggshell beads along with numerous other artifacts in the Loiyangalani River Valley, Tanzania, East Africa. These archaeologists believed they originated from the African Middle Stone Age between 28,000 and 45,000 years ago.
Ostrich eggshells are considered a gift from the gods. Not only does the inside of the egg feed a family, the outside can be used as a water vessel once broken or cracked, the eggshell can then be made into beads. In addition to their value as objects or personal decoration, ostrich eggshell beads also serve as a means of barter.
Ostrich eggshell beads symbolize fertility, prosperity, good luck and good fortune. This ancient laborious and tedious craft is still practiced by the San Bushman women today. The lengthy process of their creation makes them relatively scarce and highly valued.
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