Kuchi necklace, handmade by an ancient tribe in Afghanistan.
The Kuchi people are Pakhtuns, which is the dominant tribe in Afghanistan. While they are largely settled now, historically they were a nomadic tribe that traveled the ancient trade routes between Afghanistan and Pakistan. They were the wanderers, the explorers, a romantic tribe of nomads who revered the vibrant and intricate art their jewelry displayed. This craft of jewels is a celebration of life, of beauty, of style, of electric, colorful boldness!
The Kuchi often add coins, bells, and colorful cut glass to their adornments—bringing a richer life and experience to the jewelry. Many believe that these jewels not only amplify ones radiance and beauty, but that they also ward off evil spirits.
Kuchi jewelry has a great and rich cultural history—with the designs having remained mainly unchanged over the last 3000 years.
Lapis Lazuli is commonly used and is a deep blue stone known said to inspire creativity and confidence.
Reds, greens and turquoise pieces are commonly a colored Howlite. Howlite is said to be a calming stone and is ideal to wear when encountering stressful energy.