Hayley is a name derived from the Old English elements heg “hay” and leah “field or meadow”, hence the meaning “hay field.”
The pendant in this fabulous necklace is an ear expander from South Sudan; it is decorated with a striking pattern produced by inlaid brass. Round plates or rings like this are commonly used by women from South Sudan and Ethiopia to stretch the ears or lips of girls by making a small cut, then using a wooden plug to hold the cut open until the wound heals. The plugs are replaced by larger ones over time, and when big enough, an expander is inserted to continue to stretch the ear. Once the desired size is reached, the young woman is believed to receive a higher degree of respect than those without piercings. The ear expander would serve a dual function of expanding the ear and well as that of adornment.
Multiple strands of Yellow Agate secure the pendant. These link onto two statement brass rings made in Ghana. Four strands of Dalmatian Jasper anchor the brass rings from above and complete this wonderful necklace. The tiny brass beads are called heishi (discs). They are coiled and cut by Kenyan artisans and enhance the opulence of this necklace.
Yellow Agate is said to help increase inner vision and introspection, while dissolving tension and strengthening rational thought. Dalmatian Jasper is believed to alleviate disillusionment, help one see their strengths and weaknesses, and encourage grounding. This allows you to move forward in life and discover your true purpose for being here. Its energy brings a sense of playfulness into life.
The striking West African brass rings are made using an ancient technique known as the “lost wax method” of casting that originated in Africa millennia ago. It results in each bead being completely unique in contrast to modern mass-produced casting methods.
This magnificent statement necklace is finished off with a handcrafted brass clasp, chain and SHIKHAZURI logo bead.