Rana is an Arabic name meaning “an eye-catching object” or “to gaze”. This necklace combines an Omani ornament with Tigers Eye stone and Tibetan silver spacer beads to make a real eye-catching statement.
This pendant used to be a brooch, but by the time I sourced it from a shop in Muttrah souk, the fastener had worn off and I thought it would make a rather fetching pendant. The hanging chains with decorative baubles and etched designs with geometric patterns are typical of the ornamental patterns found in this region. It has a slightly brassy patina, which is beautifully complemented by the lustrous sheen of the Tigers Eye beads.
The Tigers Eye displays lovely bands of yellow-golden colour through it. The stone’s name relates to its resemblance to the eye of a tiger or cat’s eye. The largest numbers of Tigers Eye stones are found in South Africa, but it also comes from Brazil, India, Burma, Western Australia and USA.
Tigers Eye is a powerful stone that aids harmony and balance, and helps to release fear and anxiety. It stimulates action taking and helps to make decisions with discernment and understanding, unclouded by emotions. Traditionally it was carried as a talisman against curses or ill wishes, and is known to give courage, self-confidence and strength of will. It is considered to bring good luck, prosperity, and provide protection, especially during travel.
Tibetan silver beads separate the Tigers Eye and provide an additional layer of lustre to this glamorous necklace. It is finished with a handmade brass clasp, chain and SHIKHAZURI bead.