The design of this necklace was inspired by the traditional prayer beads (Tasbeh) used in the region since ancient times and the silver bead symbolizes the different shaped bead often included to help with counting. It features a calligraphic impression of the poetry of Hafez, a Persian poet widely admired in Afghanistan and the rest of the world
Afghanistan was the source of lapis lazuli for the ancient Egyptian and Mesopotamian civilizations, as well as the later Greeks and Romans.The best lapis lazuli is found in Badakhshan province in north-eastern Afghanistan and has been used for millennia in jewellery. The word lazuli is derived ultimately from the Persian lazhward, the name of a place where it was mined and which came to be associated with the stone and, eventually, with its colour.
Material: Silver, lapis
HAFEZ: LOST JOSPEH (FROM PERSIAN)
Your lost Joseph will return to Canaan, do not grieve
This house of sorrows will become a garden, do not grieve
Oh grieving heart, you will mend do not despair
This frenzied mind will return to calm, do not grieve
When the spring of life again sets in the meadows
A crown of flowers you will bear, singing bird, do not grieve
If these turning epochs do not move with our will today
The spheres of time are not constant, do not grieve
Lose hope not, for awareness cannot perceive the concealed
Behind the curtains hidden scenes play, do not grieve
Oh heart, should a flood of destruction engulf the world
If Noah is at your helm, do not grieve
As you step through the desert in desire of Ka’aba
The thorns may reproach you, do not grieve
Home may be perilous and destination out of reach
But there are no paths without an end, do not grieve
Our state in separation from friends and with demands of foes
The divine who turns circumstance knows all, do not grieve
Please note that depending on the design, size and finish of a piece, only fragments of the words may be visible.
Designed and handmade by ward-winner Sima Vaziry in London. Her work has been recognised by the British Museum for whom she has created six commercial jewellery collections during past 10 years and her jewellery is part of the core range at the British Museum luxury shop. Sima draws inspiration for her designs from Persian, Afghan and Middle Eastern art, calligraphy, architecture and textures, and her pieces are contemporary interpretations of the traditional. For more information on Sima please go to www.alangoo.com/Sima-Vaziry
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