Beaflurs Necklace (SOLD)
Beaflurs means “beautiful flower” and is the name of a fairy in the Medieval German romance novel “Parzival”. The name is inspired by the feminine essence conveyed by the ethnic silver dangle pendant and pastel tone beads. It features:
- Pink and purple Ghanaian glass beads in a flower bulb shape
- A silver conical ornament from Oman that takes centre stage as the pendant
- Antique Ethiopian silver spacers
- Sterling silver chain, clasp and a SHIKHAZURI charm
- Packaged in a handmade banana leaf jewellery box lined with Maasai shuka and Kenya kanga fabric
- A Certificate of Authenticity and signed story card
SYMBOLISM & STORY
The Omani ethnic silver dangle pendant in this piece originates from Salalah in the South of Oman. It was originally a hair ornament used by ladies to enhance their braids. The intricate decoration at the top and bottom of the tubular body displays traditional silversmith techniques, including silver granulation, applied floral motifs and incised lines. The pendant is over 70 years old and is in great condition.
Flower shaped glass beads from Ghana in luscious tones of purple and baby pink anchor the pendant. These are made in Krobo, in the eastern region of Ghana, using a method that has been implemented for centuries which involves baking fragments of recycled glass in moulds that are lined with a mixture of kaolin and water. The kiln in which they are fired is made from termite mound clay and is heated using crushed palm kernels, which burn at a very high temperature. The hole for the bead is made either using a cassava plant stem that burns up during firing, leaving a hole or by using a small metal tool. Once cooled, they are washed 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.
Beaflurs is a rare treasure for those seeking to add a touch of whimsical flair from another world to their jewellery collection.
If you’re looking to add a touch of whimsical flair from another world to your jewellery collection, then Beaflurs is a must for you. You won’t regret bringing this rare treasure into your life.