Kaya is a name derived from the Japanese word ka, meaning “flower, petal, splendour” combined with ya “to be”. This elegant necklace features:
- “Full moon” brass pendants made by artisans in Bamako, Mali, using recycled brass
- Translucent flower shape glass beads from Ghana
- Rhodonite stone beads
- Brass chain, clasp and a SHIKHAZURI charm
- Packaged in a handmade banana leaf jewellery box lined with Maasai shuka and Kenya kanga fabric
- Certificate of Authenticity and signed story card included
SYMBOLISM & STORY
The name Rhodonite comes from the Greek word “rhodon” meaning “rose”, which relates to the stone’s rosy pink colour. It was first discovered in Russia in the Ural Mountains. Local villagers believed that the great eagles in the area carried small pieces of Rhodonite to their nests. Soon many locals added pieces of Rhodonite to their own cribs in the hope of letting their children grow up as strong and free as the great eagles. Rhodonite is considered a stone of grace and elegance and is also regarded as a love stone that is especially powerful when trying to balance emotions. It is also known as a rescue stone and is believed to help ease the pain of emotional trauma, and makes one feel safe and secure.
The translucent glass beads are made in Krobo, in the eastern region of Ghana, using a method that has been implemented for centuries. It involves baking fragments of recycled glass in moulds that are lined with a mixture of kaolin and water. The hole for the bead is made either using a cassava plant stem that burns up during firing and leaves a hole, or by using a small metal tool. Once cooled, the beads are washed using sand and water and rubbed against a stone to polish them. Krobo glass beads have been used in ceremonies of birth, coming of age, marriage, and death for over 400 years in West Africa.
The Kaya Necklace is the essence of bold yet elegant femininity for the woman who loves her jewellery to express her individuality.