Sydney Evan Tiny Bee Coin Rainbow Heishi Bracelet
This Sydney Evan charm bracelet is all the buzzzz. Featuring a darling 14k yellow gold coin with a bee embellished on one side accented with diamonds, and a “Token of Love” inscription on the reverse, it is a perfect talisman for those wanting to bring good fortune into their lives.
These busiest creatures of the insect kingdom carry multiple meanings. In Christianity they are considered a truly virtuous insect and are regarded with the highest esteem for cleanliness, courage, wisdom and more. Throughout other cultures they are associated with purity, love and fidelity, but most famously is their perceived ability to attract luck and money. As symbols of prosperity they have been used as charms to attract wealth for multiple millennia. Very early on in ancient Greek society, the depiction of a bee was first thought to appear on coinage hailing from the city of Esphesos. The bee was originally a symbol for an early Anatolian goddess who later became known to the Greek’s as the Goddess Artemis, with the priestesses under her commonly referred to as “honey bees.” The usage of Bee coins soon spread to other Greek cities as a form of currency and good fortune. Later it is believed that the bee was imprinted on thinner gold discs that may have been buried with the dead to pay the boatman Charon who would ferry their soul to the afterlife.
The bee token is strung on an ornate stretch bracelet featuring hundreds of heishi beads. The word “heishi” meaning “shell bead” comes from the Eastern Keresan language of the tribe historically most well known for making these beads, now known as the Kew Pueblo people of New Mexico (formerly Santo Domingo Indians). They are small disc like beads made from organic shells and/or polished stones. While the oldest specimen of heishe beads date back to approximately 6000 BCE in North America, this technique was found to be in use in Northern Africa where they used ostrich eggshells more than 30,000 years ago. Shop more from the Sydney Evan Collection at OsterJewelers.com
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