Kobie is a West African name that means “warrior”.
Although traditionally worn on the finger by men from the Dinka tribe of South Sudan, the cone shape of this African ring necklace makes a magnificent pendant. It is intricately inlaid with brass wire. Jewellery is the most significant expression of Dinka identity and the tribesmen are very creative with the use of natural and locally available materials to create beautiful pieces of adornment. It displays the craftsmanship of local artisans in South Sudan, using methods that are passed down from generation to generation.
The ring is cushioned by two recycled brass filigree beads from Ghana that are made using the lost wax method of casting. They have a lovely patina that complement the brass decoration on the ring and the Tibetan Dzi Eye Agate beads that make up the rest of the necklace.
Eye Agate gets its name from its design which mimics the eye. Various forms of “eye” beads have been worn by different cultures and in popular myths and legends, these types of beads are said to protect the wearer and ward off evil or curses.
In general, Agates are associated with strength and are believed to provide protection from bad dreams, stress and energy drains. They were prized gems in antiquity and have been used in jewellery since Biblical Babylonian times. Whether you believe in these apparent powers or not, one cannot fail to be mesmerised by the captivating patterns and beauty of these beads in this stunning African ring necklace.