Abrihet, an Ethiopian female name meaning “she emanates light”, describes the warm radiance that is cast by this striking necklace.
Three strands of Ghanaian glass beads in brilliant tones of red and orange play host to handcrafted granite cross pendants. They are a rare find and were sourced from an East African trader in Kenya; they are handcrafted with a variation of etched patterns on each one, making each cross unique.
The gorgeous glass beads are made in Krobo, in the eastern region of Ghana, and have been used in ceremonies of birth, coming of age, marriage, and death for over 400 years in West Africa. The method used involves baking fragments of recycled glass in moulds that are lined with a mixture of kaolin and water. Once cooled, they are washed using sand and water and rubbed against a stone to polish them. Here, each one is separated by a black seed bead sourced from Kenya, which are often used by Maasai women in their traditional beadwork.
The three strands are suspended from a statement West African triangular shape bead on either side. These are made using an ancient technique known as the “lost wax method” of casting that originated in Africa millennia ago. A model of the beads is made from beeswax, and then dipped repeatedly in a solution of fine ash or charcoal powder mixed with water. This forms a mould or “crucible,” which is allowed to dry and harden. As the moulds harden, channels are left in them to enable the wax to drain out during the heating process, which takes place in a kiln. As the wax melts and is “lost”, molten brass is poured into the mould to form the bead. When the metal has cooled, the moulds are broken open and cleared away and the new art object is thoroughly cleaned and shined. This process results in each bead being completely unique in contrast to mass-produced casting.
A handmade adjustable chain allows you to wear the necklace to your desire length. This bold piece is completed with a gold plated clasp and SHIKHAZURI logo bead.