Mihoshi is a Japanese name that means “Beautiful Star” and personifies this Kuchi pendant necklace perfectly.
The dazzling Kuchi pendant features colourful pieces of red, green and blue glass set in raised bezel settings within the body of the pendant. Floral and star shaped metal sheet and blue seed beads create additional layers of detail to this enchanting pendant. It fans out into a ravishing piece, displaying ornate “ghungru” style dangles, making this adornment particularly flamboyant. These decorative dangles are believed to attract the eye and also ward off evil spirits.
This pendant was sourced from a trader who acquired it from Waziristan and it is likely to have been created by one of the nomadic tribes that wandered the border areas of Afghanistan and Pakistan, along ancient routes between the seasons, moving down from the mountains in the winter and back to their homes in the summer.
The word Kuchi itself is derived from a Persian word meaning migration, in relation to nomads or gypsies, and does not describe a particular group or people, but rather a state of being. Many different peoples or tribes from these areas have been classified as Kuchi but the original migratory nomads of this area are the Pashtoon.
Striking red Jade and antique Ethiopian silver beads anchor the pendant. Jade is a symbol of serenity and purity. Jade is a protective stone, believed to protect the wearer from harm and to attract good luck, friendship and harmony. It is also regarded as a “dream stone” and said to stimulate ideas and bring insightful dreams. Indeed, it encourages you to become who you really are! It is mined from numerous places around the world including China, other parts of Asia, Latin America and New Zealand.
The components are personally sourced by Shikha during her travels around the world and this statement necklace is assembled in her studio.
Length - 23"
Pendant - 5" x 3"