Reimagined Components: Vintage Nepali purple and black stone inlay centerpiece with real animal bone beads tied on a black leather cord in a bolo-esque style. Length of neck loop is 24'', full length is 34''.
1888's Take: It's really hard to tell exactly what we're looking at here... The stones used within this gorgeous Nepali-made piece are hard to really identify. With a little research we have come across a few good guesses which include silver leaf jasper, black and white onyx, purple charoite, and even black bone. Nonetheless, the contents remain a bit of a mystery to us, which happen to make it that much more intriguing. Sometimes you don't always need to have all the answers... you just need to love and admire something for what it is, the beauty it displays, and the pure joy it brings to you as is.
~Nepali / Tibetan Jewelry~
Along with the Newar, many of the Nepali jewelers that have been around for centuries are actually craftsmen from Tibet who fled in the 50s after China took over the territory. In both Tibetan and Nepali traditions, jewelry is a key element in dress, spirituality, and life. Most designs are made with intention, to combine specific energetic components in a way that helps to protect its wearer, like an amulet. Some common themes are to protect against evil spirits, natural disasters, or to promote good reputations and increase energy levels.
~Claws, Teeth, Bones~
The claws, teeth, and bones of wild animals have historically been worn as symbols of prowess & social standing. Deep admiration was given to those who could kill the most fearsome of beasts. It's no longer a necessity for most of us to hunt for our survival, so the wearing of claws, teeth, & bones has become symbolic of overcoming great obstacles despite our fears, and connecting with our inner animal as we charge forth the evolution of the spirit.
Art-n-facts: This 1888 Design is a *One of a Kind.
After each artifact or specimen has been discovered it is sent through a careful restoration process before being used in one of our designs. If a particularly unique patina is found to add design value to an artifact, it's preserved & sealed to ensure its longevity & protection.