Tibetan mala bead earrings. White conch shell. Sterling silver 925. Handmade.
This is a pair of Tibetan mala bead earrings.
The beads come from a Tibetan mala or string of prayer beads. I bought them in Bodhgaya in India (Bodhgaya is the town in India where the Buddha was enlightened), from a Tibetan trader who had traveled down from Tibet for teachings by the Dalai Lama. They are made of conch shell and have a rough cut round shape. Conch shells are very symbolic in Tibetan Buddhism and represent the search for truth and also bring good fortune. I have made the beads into earrings using sterling silver wire. The ear hooks are also sterling silver (925).
The beads are 1.5 cm across. The earrings are 3.5 cm long (just under 1.5") from the top of the hooks.
I have designed these earrings and put them together with my own hands. I have been making my living exclusively from designing and making jewellery for 9 years. I travel every year to seek out old and tribal silver from Asia and India along with semi-precious stones. Back at home in Brighton, England, I make these loose pieces up into beautiful and unusual jewellery.
Every item will be sent beautifully packaged in a cotton gift bag made especially for me by a women's self help group in India.