I’m having a tassel week, it seems. This necklace, with it’s cheerful hot pink tassels, looks like a party. By Zacasha, it works with traditional Balinese tassels. The site explains,Once upon a time on the mystical island of Bali, the Zacasha collection was born …
Ten years ago, after years of living and traveling in Asia, our designer, Jennifer Belcourt, settled in Bali. Inspired by her bohemian life and travels, she began designing a collection of necklaces. Jennifer worked with the traditional Balinese tassel necklace, mixing the different techniques and materials from each island with her keen sense of style.
The different Indonesia islands have very special crafts and artisans. There are only certain islands where one can find the skill and specific craftsmanship to produce the necklaces Jennifer envisioned.
The island of Madura’s specialty, is necklaces with tiny knotting between each bead. Using this technique Jennifer designed necklaces made of crystals, Mala beads, fresh water pearls from the island of Lombok and lava stone beads from the volcanoes of Mt Batur in Bali and Mt Semeru in Java.
The Mala bead is made from the seeds of the Ganitri tree, found almost exclusively in Indonesia. The Ganitri seeds are mystical and used by the Hindus and Buddhist priests as their prayer necklaces. A Hindu priest offers his protection through offering a Ganitri seed necklace.
Many necklaces in the Zacasha collection have charms of Buddha or elephants who carry a message of peace and good luck to those who wear them. (FYI -The elephant trunk must always be “up” to bring good luck!)
Our necklaces are made not in factories. They are made in Indonesian villages by artisans who traditionally work from their home and care for their families.
This is why we call Zacasha necklaces, the original tassel necklaces. Like every successful product we are copied, with imitation necklaces sold in the streets of Bali as originals. Make sure when you buy a Zacasha necklace from a boutique retails store, that it has the Zacasha brand charm.”
This piece sells for USD$110.