Falala is a name that means “she who is born into abundance”. It is an apt name for this Falala Necklace that features a Maria Teresa Thaler coin that has been fashioned into a pendant. It dates back to 1780, the year of the death of the Hapsburg empress. The coins were first minted in Austria in 1741 and continued to be struck and circulated even after her death. Not only were they traded as currency, but also used to make jewellery due to their high silver content and remarkable lustre. Maria Teresa thalers were also commonly used as a part of the dowry system and to aid fertility since Maria Theresa had borne 16 children! In addition, they were believed to possess healing powers and were used as a charm to ward off evil spirits.
This historical pendant is paired with gorgeous crimson red African faux amber resin beads. The use of faux amber in jewellery making is a traditional practice in Africa since the early 20th century, where true amber is scarce. They are beautiful in their own right and bring a depth of richness to this necklace. They are offset at intervals with ornate granulated sterling silver beads that were sourced in Jaipur, India.
This stunning Falala Necklace is finished with a handmade sterling silver clasp, chain and SHIKHAZURI logo bead. It is an exquisite statement piece that effortlessly embodies sophisticated elegance.