Stardust is a stunning Limited Edition necklace with only 3 created. She features an authentic vintage gypsy Kuchi pendant, circa 1960s, from Afghanistan, framed by old decorative coin pendants from the nomadic Banjara Tribe of Northern India. Thread onto cotton cord and kangaroo-hide leather, this standout necklace also features old silver-alloy spacer beads, wooden and ceramic beading from Mykonos, Greece, and miniature antique silver Heshi trade beads from Kenya, Africa.
Please see History Menu below for further information on the Kuchi People and the Banjara Tribe.
About the Kuchi Tribe:
The word Kuchi stems from a Persian word meaning migration. Originating from Afghanistan, the Kuchi People roamed areas along the ancient Silk Road trade routes for an estimated 3000 years. Known as prolific wanderers who migrated over immense distances, this nomadic tribe became masters at trekking to the remotest of areas.
Kuchi jewelry often reflects this freedom within its style, using features such as distinctive jingling bells which sound like rain. Since many of these pieces were intended to be worn daily under very rough conditions, they were often boldly crafted of sturdy metal to withstand a rigorous nomadic lifestyle. This may explain why old Kuchi pieces are still available today and in relatively good condition even after decades of rugged wear.
It is important to remember this jewellery has traveled untold distances from village to village, and passed from generation to generation. We believe it’s the irregularities in each piece that form part of its charm, heritage, and value.
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.
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