People are becoming more concerned with the meaning behind the jewelry that they wear. It is important to look into the cultural significance of the charms and gemstone beads that you choose for your jewelry and can make for a more meaningful piece. Let’s look deeper into the significance of Nepali and Tibetan jewelry!
Turquoise is a huge part of Tibetan and Nepalese culture, so it’s no wonder why it shows up so frequently in their jewelry. It would be hard to find a person there without at least one piece of turquoise. It holds spiritual significance and is also called the “Sky Stone” as it mimics the color of the sky. Turquoise is thought to bring protection to the wearer. Children in Tibet are often given a piece of turquoise at a young age to help protect them from falling down. Speaking of giving, Tibetan people believe that gifting someone a piece of turquoise will bring that person good fortune. So if you are planning on making a necklace for a friend, a Nepali or Tibetan Turquoise pendant would be an excellent choice.
Tibetan Om Symbol
Turquoise pendants aren’t the only distinct pieces that come from Nepal and Tibet. You may be familiar with the “Om” symbol in jewelry. This is an important symbol in Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism. The full Tibetan mantra is Om Mani Padme Hum and it cannot really be translated into English, as it is said to hold all of the knowledge of the Buddha. This phrase originated in India, but its pronunciation changed as it moved to Tibet and Nepal. This is why it looks different from the Om symbol you may be used to seeing.
Stop by the store to see the many unique and meaningful pendants that we have from Tibet and Nepal. There are also a number of wooden beads inlaid with turquoise that make excellent additions to any piece of handmade jewelry inspired by the Tibetan and Nepali cultures.