Shaman Flair Necklace
The name for this statement African tribal necklace, Shaman Flair, is inspired by the folklore legends surrounding the “shaman”, a person regarded as having access to, and influence in, the world of good and evil spirits. Typically, such people enter a trance state during a ritual, and practice divination and healing.
The spear pendants used in this statement piece originate from Ethiopia and are made from recycled camel bone. They are hand carved with a primitive design that enhances their tribal authenticity. They were supposedly used by tribal medicine men to tie off their herb bags, hence the term, shaman spears. Each spear is secured to the multi-strand necklace by a ring of brass heishi (disc) beads, which are handmade in Kenya.
A bold twist of interweaving strands of translucent and painted glass beads, interspersed with royal blue Lapis Lazuli, enhance the character of this necklace. The recycled glass beads are made in Krobo, in the eastern region of Ghana, using a method that has been implemented for centuries. It involves baking fragments of recycled glass in moulds that are lined with a mixture of kaolin and water. Such beads have been used in ceremonies of birth, coming of age, marriage, and death for over 400 years in West Africa. The circular painted patterns as well as the hints of Lapis Lazuli complement the carved orbs on the spears and add further drama.
In addition to its modern day popularity as a fashionable gem and healing stone, Lapis Lazuli has long played a significant role in early societies. In ancient Egypt, it was carved into a scarab which was buried with the deceased to offer protection, and in its pulverised form it was used for beautification and to draw out evil spirits when applied to the crown of the head. In the Middle East it was worn to provide protection from the evil eye, while in ancient Persia, it was a symbol of the starry night.
This ravishing masterpiece is finished with a handmade spiral cone, brass chain, clasp and SHIKHAZURI logo bead. It is guaranteed to turn heads your way when you’re looking to make a statement! Wear it high up on the neck and add a little piece of double sided tape under each spear to secure it against your neck or garment to achieve the desired fan-like effect. Enjoy the Shaman Flair!