Amulet Case with Beads

This design is based on the amulet case worn historically by women and men from Tibet, Mongolia, and Central Asian cultures. These cases were usually worn around the neck on leather and decorated with silver work and stones, and contained items of importance to the person wearing it. I have recreated the amulet case for the modern woman in a style representing the wheel which is one of the eight Buddhist signs for good luck. The wheel is an important symbol in Buddhism, explaining the existence of the universe. The case is made from sterling silver and inlaid with 14k gold solder around the wheel. A carnelian stone was set in the center because in these cultures it was believed to protect from death and illness and to bring the wearer good luck and peace. The silver spikes on the bottom are just an added contemporary touch as are the handmade silver beads on the leather thong.

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