Summer, the ultimate season of love is here! With weddings, engagements, romantic getaways, new romances and decorating of love nests there is always a need to find the perfect gift for someone in your life.
We have put together a list of gift ideas for you, perfect for special occasions of love, whether it’s for someone close to you, an acquaintance or for yourself.
Each piece is artisan crafted as per ancient techniques and each has an intriguing story which comes printed out inside a beautiful envelope.
SYMBOLS OF LOVE AND WEALTH - SHELL NECKLACES FROM PAPUA
The shells represent prosperity and is often used during wedding ceremonies, believed to bring emotional and financial wealth to the couple.
Shell necklaces have since ancient times been worn by the people of Papua to enhance the body as well as marking status and achievements. With the shell’s strong mythological importance they were considered to be the links between the human and the spiritual world, bringing fertility and well-being.
A SYMBOL OF LOVE AND SPIRITUALITY - HORSE BETEL NUT CUTTER
This horse betel nut cutter comes from Borneo in Indonesia and was made in the beginning to mid 1900s. In Indonesia the horse is a symbol of spirituality while the betelnut is connected to rites of love.
SYMBOLS OF LOVE - DRAGON BETEL NUT CUTTERS
These dragon betel nut cutters come from Borneo in Indonesia and were made in the beginning to mid 1900s. In Indonesia the dragon is a symbol of love and protection while the betel nut is connected to rites of love. You can read their intriguing stories clicking on the images!
A SYMBOL OF LOVE AND PROSPERITY - DOWRY STONES
These statues from Papua are hand carved in black river stone, shaped like coins to symbolise prosperity. Statues like these were used in marriage proposals since the people of Papua believed that the marriage will be as sturdy as the stone they used as the dowry.
A SYMBOL OF FERTILITY - KODAK KODAK
These sculptures are handmade in clay and come from Sumba in Indonesia. The frog has since ancient times been worshipped as a symbol of fertility and harmony, connected to feminine and masculine energies and the power of water.
SYMBOLS OF ETERNAL LOVE - FRAMES WITH WEDDING BANGLES
These framed bangles come from Bali in Indonesia. They are made in brass, set with colored glass beads and decorated with rich motifs recalling Balinese temple carvings. For centuries bangles like these have been worn by brides during wedding ceremonies as a symbol of eternal love and prosperity. As part of a family's heirlooms they are passed along from generation to generation.
A SYMBOL OF FERTILITY - FRAME WITH MAMULI EARRING
Handmade in brass this earring derives from Sumba in Indonesia, known as a magic fertility amulet. It comes encapsulated inside a beautiful wooden frame. The Mamuli have since ancient times been worn on ceremonial occasions, thought to have an incredibly powerful supernatural potency. They are part of a family's heirlooms, believed to gain ancestral powers as they are passed along from generation to generation.
A SYMBOL OF THE PERFECT UNION - FRAME WITH DURI DURI
This earring is handmade in brass and comes from Sumatra in Indonesia, encapsulated inside a beautiful wooden frame. Since ancient times earrings like these have been worn by either men or women of the Toba Batak people as a symbol of fertility and of the unisex. Duri-duri means thorns, describing the pronged phallic shapes in the earring while the omega form takes on the symbolism of the female sex. Combined they represent the perfect union of the sexes.
A SYMBOL OF PASSION - FRAME WITH SNUFF BOTTLE
Snuff bottles were used in the Chinese Qing Dynasty from the mid 1600s until the beginning of the 19th century.
They were made to hold powdered tobacco which was inhaled through the nose. This particular bottle is hand carved in Buffalo Bone and engraved with Kamasutra motifs. Currently there are 24 different motifs available!
We wish you a wonderful summer and lots of love!