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 that this beautiful necklace exudes.
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 and leaves a hole or by using a small metal tool. Once cooled, they 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.
Antique Ethiopian silver bicone spacers are interspersed among the glass beads and complement the pendant beautifully. This enchanting necklace is finished with a handmade sterling silver clasp, chain and SHIKHAZURI bead.