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Coral and Mother Pearl Handmade Necklace with Earrings

Product Code: Necklace 2
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Price: $489.95 Ex Tax: $489.95

 

The women of Nepal and Tibet are often seen wearing oversized or even bulky pieces of jewelry. An up close look at this jewelry will show the rustic marks of hand craftsmanship. Though the jewelry is very beautiful, it lacks the clean lines of jewelry typically found in western markets, and it is definitely apparent that this Nepalese jewelry was made by hand, and not by machine.

In order to full appreciate the craftsmanship of Nepalese jewelry making you need to understand the history and symbolism of this craft. First of all it is important to understand that many of the jewelry craftsmen found in the mountains of Nepal are in fact not Nepalese but refugees who fled from Tibet when the Chinese invaded in the 1950's, and their descendants. It is also important to understand that many of the craftsmen are not men at all, but women.

Jewelry plays an important role in the culture of Nepal and Tibet. Jewelry is a part of dress, a symbol of spirituality, and a part of everyday life. This area of the world is predominantly Buddhist. The wearing of jewelry is a way to draw close to the gods. Jewelry also has the properties of an amulet, bringing protection from evil spirits to the wearer.

Most Nepalese jewelry is made of either copper or silver, though 24K gold is also used. The amount of metal used to create the jewelry makes each piece quite heavy. A Nepalese woman wearing her jewelry proudly can be weighed down by jewelry measured in pounds.

The most common stones used in Nepalese jewelry making are Turquoise and Coral. The very color of these stones is thick with symbolism. Turquoise, for example, symbolizes the sky and the sea and because the sky is endless the turquoise stone represents infinity, or the limitless ascension of the mind.

Though Turquoise and Coral are the most common stones used in Nepalese jewelry making, other stones are used as well. You are likely to find jewelry made with precious stones such are rubies and sapphires as well as jewelry made from semi precious stones such as amethyst, amber, jade, agate, garnet, lapis luzuli, carnelian and copal. Yak bone is also a popular material for making jewelry.

 

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