Eurgain is a Welsh name meaning “”golden and beautiful, of golden brightness”, from the Welsh word aur “gold” and cain “splendid”.
This wonderful necklace brings together a unique ethnic pendant that takes the form of a kohl holder. It is combined with gleaming Pyrite chips and exotic West African brass beads to form a distinctive piece of adornment, rich with history and culture. This enchanting pendant serves a dual function as a kohl (or kajal eye liner) holder and adornment. It has an ornately decorated stopper which when removed has a pointed end, which acts as the applier. The body of the pendant has an amber coloured resin tone and is decorated with a brass and silver trim. It was sourced from a little shop in Marrakech souk.
Kohl is an ancient eye cosmetic and is widely used in Middle East, India, South Asia, North African, parts of West Africa and also the Horn of Africa. Its use dates back to the Protodynastic Period of Egypt by Egyptian queens and noble women. Berber and Bedouin women in North Africa and the Middle East also apply kohl to their faces. A vertical line is drawn from the bottom lip to the chin and along the bridge of the nose. In some cultures it is used as protection against the sun and to protect a child from the curses of the evil eye.
Pyrite is sometimes called Fools Gold because of its similarity in colour and shape to Gold. The name Pyrite derives from the Greek pyr or pyros, meaning “fire” for its ability to emit sparks when pieces are struck together or against a hard surface. In antiquity, the Incas of Peru and the Aztecs of southern Mexico were known to polish large slabs of Pyrite into mirrors for gazing. Crystals of Pyrite were considered stones of power and great magic, frequently used by the medicine people of the North American Indians in amulets, for divination, and in the attire and objects used during their healing ceremonies and incantations.
The beautiful West African brass cast beads are made using an ancient technique known as the “lost wax method” of casting that originated in Africa millennia ago. It results in each bead being completely unique in contrast to modern mass-produced casting methods.
This fabulous necklace makes a great conversation piece – remember a fact of two and you’ll be praised for your worldly sense of chic fashion!