The Diver and the Deep Blue Sea -  | Exclusive one-off designer jewellery by Republic of You

Mantiques. Antiques for Men.

Posted on December 11, 2013

We create unique, meaningful and exclusive one-off pieces of wearable art by collecting a vast array of vintage, antique and collectible items from across the globe. Individually handcrafted in our Byron Bay studio, we breathe new life into these forgotten relics by giving each piece its own unique title and an accompanying story listing the features incorporated within each piece.
‘The Diver and the Deep Blue Sea’
AUD $579 | SOLD
Vintage nautical iron anchor pendant from Australia.
Solid brass cowy shell pendants.
Old keys from India.
Small skull beads intricately carved by hand from deer antler, using a 300-year-old design passed down through generations of a family of carvers.
Brass beading with knotted kangaroo hide leather detail.
‘Desert Wanderer’
AUD $479
Old key from India.
Old silver alloy coin pendant dated from 1985 to 1986, from the nomadic Banjara Tribe of Northern India (see history below).
Old snake vertebrae bone beads from the Sub-Saharan region, West Africa (see history below).
Knotted and wrapped kangaroo hide leather detail.

The Banjara People:
The Banjara People are a collective of nomadic gypsy tribes from Northern India. They are said to be the descendants of the Roma gypsies of Europe who migrated to India through the rugged mountains of Afghanistan and finally settled in Rajasthan. Originally the Banjaras were bullock transport carriers and builders of great monuments. For centuries they efficiently moved their enormous caravans through the vast roadless tracks of India guaranteeing safe conduct for grain, salt and messages. Due to the nomadic nature of their culture, they traditionally ‘wore’ their wealth creating a unique aesthetic, colorful dress and spectacular jewelry quite unlike any other tribe.

Snake Vertebrae Bone Beads:
The snake or serpent has been a powerful symbol and totem throughout history. The overlap of its symbolism between cultures is vast and significant. It is believed to represent wisdom, cycles, rebirth, awareness, healing, intuition, protection, transformation and hidden knowledge. For hundreds of years snake vertebrae beads have traditionally been worn in African society as an amulet of protection from snake bites, evil charms and ill fate.


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