Stunning red bamboo branch coral in this Medusa necklace provides a striking contrast to the brass cast “full moon” pendants from Mali. Coral forms from the skeletons of marine animals that live together in a community. As the colony grows, branches form in a specific pattern. The branches are durable, intensely coloured, and have a natural waxy lustre.
In mythology, coral was regarded to provide protection, particularly from evil influences. This stems from the story that when Perseus beheaded Medusa, some of her blood dripped into the sea and became stunning red Coral. There is more to this legend…. Medusa was once beautiful but Athena turned her into a hideous creature in a fit of jealousy. With snakes for hair, Medusa could turn a person into stone with a glance, yet in death her blood produced a healing crystal as beautiful as her former self. In this ancient tale, Coral represents beauty transforming out of ugliness, resulting in glorious rejuvenation.
The “full moon” pendants are made by local artisans in Bamako, Mali using recycled brass. The pendants are cut by hand, pounded into shape, filed and polished. Tiny Samburu seed beads from Kenya separate each coral branch to prevent them from rubbing against each other. The necklace is finished off with a handmade brass clasp, chain and SHIKHAZURI logo bead.
The use of coral in branch form in this striking Medusa necklace is designed to show off its true beauty. It offers an exciting splash of colour against any outfit and is a fun yet fabulously stylish piece!