Midnight Rider is a super hot Limited Edition punk style necklace for both men and women, with only 3 created in this edition.
It features an authentic French crucifix with ebony wood inlay, circa 1880, which we purchased from a Monastery in the South of France. We have teamed this feature with a cluster of miniature skull beads that have been intricately carved by hand using buffalo horn.
Midnight Rider also features 4 silver-alloy decorative coin pendants, circa 1970s, and cylinder spacer beads from the nomadic Banjara Tribe of Northern India. The bead cluster is made up of wooden and coconut beading, and we have thread this piece using kangaroo-hide leather, cotton cord, and hemp string dyed by hand in Nepal.
See History Menu below for further information on the Banjara Tribe, and also the Symbolism of the Buffalo.
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.
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 grounded, find strength to carry on our path, to be in harmony with Mother Earth and to connect with the sacredness of life.
Please Note: We purchase the buffalo horn as a by-product from ceremonies undertaken in certain parts of Indonesia.
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