Thursday, 5 March 2015



Some friends of mine are currently climbing Kilimanjaro, so I thought why not find out what jewelry (yes I am obsessed) gets created in that part of our big bright beautiful world.

Apparently color plays in a lot (borrowed from  here:  http://interesting-africa-facts.com/African-Jewelry/Maasai-Bead-Jewelry.shtml ).
  • Red - stands for bravery, unity, and blood. Red is the color of cows blood. Often a cow is slaughtered when the Maasai meet and therefore unity is associated with red.
  • White - represents peace, purity, and health. The association with health comes from white cows milk which the tribe drinks to stay healthy.
  • Blue - represents energy and the sky. Rain falls from the blue sky which provides water for the cattle.
  • Orange - Symbolizes hospitality. The association with cattle is that visitors are served cows milk from orange gourds.
  • Yellow - like orange yellow also symbolizes hospitality. The animal skins on visitors beds are yellow.
  • Green - symbolizes health and land. Cattle graze on the green grass of the land.
  • Black - represents the people and the struggles they must endure

And this artist has a very modern take on the traditional designs:  http://influxjewellery.com/matthieu-cheminee/

Im coveting this book, and placing a request for my local library to order it :  Jewelry Techniques of West Africa,  by Matthieu CheminĂ©e

One of our favourite stones - Tanzanite comes from the region.    

Etsy has a fantastic range of Kilimanjaro inspired jewelry too

Now I'm sitting here getting bitten by the travel bug!

Kwaheri & Nakupenda  (Goodbye, and Love!)

Dawnings

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