We like to think of this handcrafted limited edition necklace as a rebels ‘rosary’ for both men and women.
• Antique pectoral crucifix, and miniature crucifix both with ebony inlay, circa 1920s, salvaged from a factory in Central France.
• Silver alloy coin pendant and cylinder beads from the nomadic Banjara Tribe of Northern India (see history menu below).
• Skull pendant hand carved from buffalo horn using a 300-year-old design passed down through generations of a family of carvers (see history menu below for symbolism of the buffalo).
• Kangaroo-hide leather and wooden beads.
Image No. 3 - Historical image of a group of Banjara women heavily adorned with their traditional dress
Symbolism of the Buffalo:
Considered a gift from the Great Spirit to the Native American people, the buffalo represents: wisdom, patience, prosperity, gratitude, abundance, strength, stability, consistency and blessing.
The buffalo teaches us to remain well grounded, find strength to carry on our path, to be in harmony with Mother Earth and to connect with the sacredness of life.
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.
FROM THE BLOG