Width: Ĺ inch
Length: 18 inches
Hand Crafted in Kenya
This stunning Puka shell necklace was made in Kenya, the edges of the shells have been sanded giving a very smooth look to the necklace, the clasp is a screw clasp.
Owning a piece of African jewelry is more than owning a piece of jewelry its possessing a world of culture and history in its own beautiful form. Even though there is history and meaning behind each piece, itís the art in the jewelry that grabs the attention of most collectors.
African jewelry is an ancient and time honored art form that reflects the art of African heritage, culture and history. There are several artistic, religious, spiritual and cultural elements of African heritage visible in each uniquely crafted piece of jewelry.
Around the turn of the 10th century, when bronze work was common, crafting these pieces became more intricate. Bronze pieces were normally decorated with ivory or precious stones and several of these pieces were identified with royalty. Beads have also played a very important role in African culture and can be seen today in many of the beautiful pieces of jewelry created by the skilled craftsmen who make them.
Modern African pieces still remain true to the same historic values and meanings of the past. These values represent different elements of African culture and reveal the importance of each piece of jewelry, which in turn makes them so special to collectors and art lovers everywhere.
The history and meaning of each piece of jewelry is unique. It is said that owning one of these pieces provides hope, wisdom and well-being to its owner. So start your own Ďartí collection today.
About Puka Shells
Popularly used as beach-worn pieces in islands and sea coasts, puka shells are regarded as items that provide good luck. According to traditional belief, the more perfectly symmetrical the shell is, the better luck the puka shell wearer will have. This led to the popularity of puka shell accessories worn by many people traversing the seas. It is also believed that sailors and sea travelers wearing them are ensured a safe and peaceful voyage, especially during long trips.
The word "puka" is originally a Hawaiian word meaning "hole" or "opening." The puka shell is initially a shell containing a mollusk. Upon their deaths or when they get eaten, the force of the water bringing these shells towards the shorelines usually causes holes from the wear in each shell's weak center.
Ideally, a puka shell is a symmetrical cone snail sea shell with a hole at its center.
Puka shells are found in many tropical beaches and coastal regions worldwide. In terms of popularity, this type of shell is distinct in Hawaii and the Philippines, which are both top world producers and exporters of accessories, jewelries, novelty items, decorative displays and arts and craft works that use puka shells as primary raw material.
Being island jewels considered as lucky charms, many people adorn themselves with puka shell jewelries during and after vacationing in tropical islands. Many people also order them as gifts for family members, friends and co-workers.
About Kenyan Culture
Currently there are more than 40 different ethnic group in Kenya.
The main groups of tribes are the Bantu who migrated from western Africa, the Nilotic people who originated from Sudan and the Hamitic group, who were mainly pastoral tribes from Ethiopia and Somalia. The main tribes are Kikuyu (21%), Meru (5%), Kalenjin, Luyha, Luo (14%), Kisii, Kamba, Swahili, Masai, Turkana
The other large ethnic groups include the Luo, Luhya, Kamba and Kalenjin- There are also some groups of people who form a very small population. This includes the tribe of El Molo.
Kenya culture is a fascinating way of life that blends the traditions of thousands of years of African social evolution with the modern influences of the 20th century. The multifaceted culture of Kenya is expressed in different forms, ranging from its people and language, food, music and dance, art, artifacts, theatre and literature to its ethnic values and ethical norms. Combined with other traditions, these forms of expression and lifestyle form an identity that is uniquely Kenyan.
Another fascinating aspect of Kenyan culture is the art and artifacts that Kenya's different ethnic groups craft manually, using readily available local materials. Beautifully carved wood sculptures showing exquisite detail and craftsmanship are produced in large quantities and sold to tourists both locally and abroad.
Other popular Kenya artifacts include colorful hand-woven sisal baskets, Maasai beaded jewelry, gold and silver jewelry, musical instruments, soapstone sculptures, tribal masks, figurines, paintings, prints, batik cloth, kangas and the beautiful traditional Kikoys (African sarongs).