Kiyomi is a Japanese name derived from the words kiyo “sacred or pure” and mi meaning “beautiful” to describe this gorgeous necklace. It features:
- An Omani silver pendant, sourced from Muscat
- Gorgeous freshwater pearls
- Bali silver spacer beads
- Sterling silver chain, handmade clasp and 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 ornament featured here was originally used to hold women’s headscarves in place and the entire piece consisted of two ornate decorated triangles on either side of the head. Chains would have hung from the silver loops at the base of each ornament, which would wrap under the chin to secure the headscarf in place.
Freshwater pearls complement the ornament beautifully and their exotic iridescence and lustre gives this necklace an exquisite touch. They are separated by tiny silver spacer beads from Bali.
Pearls have been incorporated into the mythology of virtually every culture that has encountered them. Christians and Hindus adopted the pearl as symbols of purity and love; they are associated with brides and weddings, and the Hindu texts say that Krishna discovered the first pearl, which he presented to his daughter on her wedding day. In Islam, the Koran speaks of pearls as one of the great rewards found in Paradise, and the gem itself has become a symbol of perfection.