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Silver and Amethyst Harmony Ball Necklace with Brass - Angelic Guardian
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From Sukartini, this intriguing pendant evokes an ancient lantern decorated with angel wings. It opens to reveal a shining brass sphere. The silver pendant is crowned with amethyst and a long sterling chain completes the lovely necklace.
Also called 'angel necklaces' and 'harmony balls,' Such necklaces are often worn by pregnant women in Bali and also in Mexico. The chain lets the pendant reach to the belly and the delicate sounds are thought to soothe the mother and the baby she is carrying. Some believe it summons a guardian angel, thus making it a symbol of loving protection.
- 925 sterling silver, brass, amethyst
- 0 oz
- Necklace length: 39 inches L
- Necklace width: 2 mm W
- Pendant(s): 1.8 inches L x 0.9 inches W x 0.9 inches D
THE STORY BEHIND THE PRODUCT
Artisan Organization: Sukartini
Country: Bali and Java
"Nyoman Sukartini is the full name given me by my parents when I was born. From the time I was little, my mother taught me how to be a 'Balinese woman.' In her mind, a Balinese woman must devote her life to God, her husband and also to society. She taught me how to cook and do housework and also how to make offerings, starting from very simple ones and continuing with the complex offerings, because almost every day is a ceremonial occasion in Bali.
"At the age of 16, I studied at SMIK (Sekolah Menengah Industri Kerajinan) in Gianyar. In this school, I learned batik, ceramics and other home industries for three years. Back from school, I took an apprenticeship with a silversmith in a village where they specialized in jewelry.
"Today I work together with local silversmiths to promote Bali's beauty in our own way. We make different kinds of jewelry, mostly with sterling silver, in both traditional and modern styles. I was fortunate to find you. You help small artisans like me share our new ideas and designs, and have a chance to be appreciated by people from all over the world.""