Rhyolite Kabamba Jasper Bronzite Copper Tibetan Needle Box Ghau Necklace

This necklace features an authentic vintage Tibetan Needle Box re-purposed into a piece of unique statement jewelry.
I did not envision the piece to be overly colorful so I teamed up the copper patina on the pendant with the green, mustard brown and copper shades of the Kabamba Rhyolite Jasper stone beads. These beads are chunky and heavy - each one being 20mm wide so it gives the necklace a lot of oomph and character. The wood and copper accents add texture to the necklace and the Bronzite stone pebble beads tie the colors and ground the entire piece. I retained the authentic bells that came with the pendant (they hung on very worn out and frayed leather cords on either sides of the needle box) and restrung them in cow-hide leather cords along with copper accents to give the necklace movement and character.
With the Jasper stone trinket hanging at the bottom, the entire pendant hangs around 6 inches tall while the necklace is a well fit clavicle (but not choker like) length of 19 inches.

Tibetans traditionally carried these needle boxes (along with flint boxes and knives) strung on the belts of their "chuba" (a long-sleeved loose coat). A "ghau" or a box is a traditional means of carrying prayer verses and other essentials on one's person at all times. These boxes have always been embellished and beautified as they are considered special and it is believed that they become one with the person wearing them.

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