Peacock is a double strand princess length necklace in blue, green and brown. Handmade in the UK with lapis lazuli and malachite beads, the brown in the blue impression jasper, snake skin coin jasper and turquoise from the Hubei Province. A handmade special pendant completes the necklace.
Lapis Lazuli is seen as a protector from evil. This is also believed to enable you to take charge of life and helps balance the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual levels. Malachite is believed to be the stone of transformation and seen as a very powerful stone since it is believed to be a protection against evil and has been used to ward of sickness and danger. Turquoise is thought to be symbol of generosity, sincerity and affection and is believed to bring good luck when gifted. It is also believed to help in problem solving. Jasper is seen as a nurturing stone and help in times of stress.
The peacock is one of the most stunning birds in nature. Peacocks mostly live on the ground, though they sleep on trees and are a common sight in the forests of India and Srilanka. They have a raucous call and are not particularly nimble. But the male of the species has been gifted by nature with the most spectacular set of feathers. When the peacock is attempting to get the attention of its mate, it shakes its feathers and spreads them into a fan, a sight to behold. Recently, scientists have also discovered that in the shaking of the feathers, peacocks are actually having infrasonic conversations which are not evident to the human ears but heard by peahens!
The peacocks found in India have a beautiful blue green body, which has been inspiration for the Zayah necklace, Peacock. Peacock feathers and peacock colours have since long been seen as jewellery for women through history. For the Zayah team, the peacock brings to mind adjectives of grand and stunning.
So when we started the journey of designing the necklace and its matching earrings we wanted the jewellery to not only reflect the peacock colours, but also bring to mind these words. Spending time going through multiple rounds of trying to visualise what this meant in practice, the design us led into looking at a double strand, which usually symbolises grandness. Then of course, we had the fun task of finding gemstones that for us represented the colours of the peacock. We settled on lapis lazuli and malachite beads, which are dark blue with green shots through them. For the bright blue green, we settled for the turquoise beads from the Hubei province and the browns or bronze that are present around the edges, we selected a Jasper, called the Snakeskin Jasper.
As we sketched and thought about the design, it was essential to look at a very special pendant that we handmade to round off the stunning necklace. We then looked at a earring design that would complement the peacock necklace.
Necklace length - 20 inches; Gemstones - Turquoise, Lapis Lazuli with Malachite, Jasper; other material - Sterling silver beads, Silver coloured tube beads, handmade clay pendant
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