This necklace features a small hand painted silver pendant that illustrates the sacred symbol of Goddess Lakshmi's feet.
In Indian religious scriptures, Lakshmi is the goddess of wealth and prosperity and it is believed that wherever she goes, there is abundance and wealth. These foot print symbols are hence considered pious and fortifying and every year during the Diwali festival, they are worn or drawn in Indian homes to invite the Goddess into their lives.
The blue-grey color used in the pendant was so unique that I spent weeks scouring bead stores (and looking up online) for the color matching beads that added to and not took away from (yes, some beads are known to do that :)) the beauty that this little pendant is. And imagine my joy when at the end of three weeks I ran into an exact match in the Crystals section at my local bead store! The joy!
I added orange lampwork glass beads to the crystals to bring out the colors of the feet.
The necklace is approx. 17 inches long so it sits very close to the clavicle. The metal beads used through the length of the necklace are a combination of silver plated zinc and Bali silver beads. A Bali silver clasp completes the look.
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All the metal components I use in my jewelry, unless specified otherwise, are high quality lead free and nickel free base metals. Wherever possible I use made in USA Tierracast metal components.
Add a special earth-friendly touch to your gifts this year with repurposable packaging.
The jewelry box is a Shamrock brand durable box lined with tarnish resistant foam padding that you can continue to store your pieces in for years.
The red felt snowflake can be used as a coaster or as a tree ornament when strung in the cotton baker's twine.
The fabric gifts will be packed in FabStitches theme packaging and black organza bags tied with the same snowflake and tags.
This necklace features twenty seven old (made in 1900s) but in good condition African Kiffa beads used in combination with four red African Wedding Beads from Mali and Lapis Lazuli gemstone beads to bring out the blue. Each pair of beads in this necklace is separated with a gold plated copper bead/disc. Antique gold finish bead cones and a shiny gold finish hook clasp complete this resplendent red, blue and yellow piece.
The rich, vibrant colors of authentic handmade African Kiffa beads coordinate very well with the warmth of gold, red and deep blue and make this unique necklace a heirloom worthy piece for your wardrobe. It has a length of approx. 19 inches.
Kiffa beads are rare African powder glass beads, named after the Mauritanian city of Kiffa, and were first documented in 1949 by French ethnologist R. Mauny. They represent one of the highest levels of ingenuity and artistic skill in the art of making beads as they are created in open fires using simple tools and recycled from materials like pulverized European glass beads or their fragments, bottle glass, pottery shards, tin cans, twigs, steel needles in combination with gum arabic.
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