Aziza, a Somali name meaning “gorgeous”, fittingly describes this Tibetan beads statement fusion necklace. Each element delights, and its sensational colours mimic the moon reflecting on the ocean.
The three silver Tibetan repousse beads feature a combination of lotus and elaborate swirl patterns. The lotus flower is one of the most important of the Eight Auspicious symbols associated with Buddhism since it is closely related to the idea of enlightenment. As it grows, the lotus rises out of the mud, passes through the water, and rises above to bloom. It portrays how the soul can pass from the primordial mud of materialism through the waters of experience, and into the sunshine of enlightenment.
The centre repousse bead lies between Tibetan Lapis Lazuli beads, while the repousse beads on both sides of the necklace are hugged by Turquoise and Lapis Lazuli beads. In Tibetan Buddhist jewellery, Turquoise signifies the limitless height of the sky or infinity, while Lapis Lazuli represents that which is pure and healing, and is said to be able to cure those who wear it.
The gorgeous glass beads are made by pouring fragments of recycled crushed glass into clay moulds, which are then fired in kilns. Once cooled, the beads are polished on a stone with water and sand and rubbed vigorously against each other to obtain a smooth finish. As well as being a popular fashion accessory, the beads are profusely used during the initiation rites for young adolescent girls into womanhood and adulthood in some West African cultures. Some believe that the beads possess special powers for healing or protection.