Gulalai Necklace (SOLD)

Gulalai is a Pashto female name meaning “beautiful flower bud”. This statement piece truly is a rare treasure that’s certain to make you stand out from the crowd. It features:

  • A Tribal Turkmen Pendant with Carnelian and Turquoise
  • Red sponge coral branches
  • Turquoise chips
  • Vintage West African brass spacers
  • A brass handmade clasp, chain and gold plated 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

This wonderful Turkmen pendant was handcrafted by tribal jewellery artisans in the early 1900’s from gold-gilded silver, Carnelians and crushed Turquoise. Adornments like these were traditionally worn on caps or sewn onto clothing. The shape is that of a stylised sitting frog – a creature greatly revered for its resilience and association with water in the semi-desert region. Frog representations in jewellery were believed to protect the wearer against hardship and provide renewed vigour. The stones that embellish the pendant are allegedly imbued with protective powers. Bright red Carnelian is believed to protect the wearer from illness and death, while Turquoise is a symbol of purity and chastity amongst the Turkmen.

Stunning red Coral branches give this necklace a dramatic flair. 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. Branch Coral, found along the coast of Algeria, is believed to protect children who wear around their necks. Mothers wear Coral to assure a flow of milk, and men wear it in the shape of horns to make them fertile. Turquoise chips and brass spacer beads from West Africa complement the pendant and create a lovely pop of colour.

If you’re known for your unique sense of style and keen eye for unusual and striking jewellery, then this piece is not to be missed!