Animal figures and bird feathers had special significance, as did natural stones. In India, Om and Ganesha symbols are used for protection, prosperity and purity. In West Africa, Gye nyame, symbolizing Gods deep power and infinite knowledge, is still used on necklaces. They sculpt the image they want in wax, encase it in a mold, and pour molten silver or gold into it.

  • Designs pulled from the natural world, like animal figures, feathers, plants, as well as stones, are used in almost every culture, which then infuses them with their own particular meanings.
  • Consider how you’d feel about not wearing a particular piece every day and if that’s an option for you.
  • Satin, or matte finish reduces the shine and reflection of the jewellery, and this is commonly used to accentuate gemstones such as diamonds.

Later in Kenya, at Enkapune Ya Muto, beads made from perforated ostrich egg shells have …

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