Category: Jewelry History

Omyoki Ethnic Jewelry

Creative trip in progress!

The creation of new ethnic jewelry and bohochic jewelry is ongoing since the month of February! Indeed, I (Stéphanie, the founder of Omyoki) am traveling again in India and Nepal to work with local artisans on new models.

The semi-precious stones have been chosen one by one, with some novelties, including the star ruby, the bumblebee jasper, the ocean jasper, the tourmaline, the azurite, the rutile quartz ... The natural stones lighthouses remain the moon stone labradorite, And the turquoise. It was a great pleasure to choose the stones, their shapes, their colors, their purity ... Each selection of semi-precious stones is the occasion of unbelievable unpacking, to shine the eyes. We spend hours and days discussing stones, crimping and patterns! The desire to choose everything and to make incredible quantified jewelry is great but we must know how to stay in a reasoned production!

In Asia, artisans are used to working quietly, producing a few pieces for each model. All the jewels are hand-made, from A to Z. It is easy to create unique pieces but always very complicated to make produce the same jewelry in quantity. Omyoki strives to stick to local customs. We respect and tend to promote traditional Indian and Nepali skills. An avalanche of new ethnic and modern jewels await you the next months! Because to be in tune with this rhythm Indian and Nepali, jewels are created in unique pieces or mini collections. In this way, every craftsman pays maximum attention to the creation of each jewel. It's respect for unique work, hand-made work, work at Asian pace, far from the creations at the chain! The result is a job done with love and care, where each craftsman has the pleasure of the work done.

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In the continuity of this link between our Western world and developing countries with ancestral know-how, our jewelry designs are a fusion of styles at the crossroads between East and West. Omyoki still relies on traditional Asian designs, bringing a modern and Western touch.

This spring the focus has been on the diversification of semi-precious stones, adjustable rings and gilded jewelry. Ethnic jewelery and chic, understated silver jewelery remain at the heart of the Omyoki collections, with a little more golden gilded jewelry.

The new ethnic and bohochic jewelry are being created for the coming months. It will take a little more than a month for the first jewels to arrive! To be continued…

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A line of ethnic bohochic silver jewelry

Omyoki offers a line of ethnic silver jewelry from fair trade. Handmade jewelery by talented craftsmen we have been looking for in the heart of Asia, India, Nepal, Thailand and Indonesia.

The style of our ethnic jewelry is largely influenced by Indian arabesques. Most of our creations have been designed in collaboration with artists from Rajasthan, a region of northern India known for its expertise in goldsmithing and stone cutting. You will also find original pieces made by Karen tribes from northern Thailand and other jewelry with perfumes from elsewhere.

With Omyoki you opt for an ethical fashion and contribute to a fair trade. You buy handmade jewelery from artisans in developing countries and thus support local crafts and families of small craftsmen.

We work with selected craftsmen, and we visited each workshop to ensure a good quality of working conditions, the non-employment of children, a respect for each craftsman. Omyoki offers fair prices, both for artisans and for its customers. This is how we are committed to fair trade.

Ethnic silver jewelry

Our ethnic jewelry with perfumes elsewhere are compositions in 925 silver and natural stones. The semi-precious stones come mainly from the region of manufacture of jewels. We favored moonstone, rose quartz, labradorite, turquoise and other natural stones from India and surroundings.

Fall on bohemian or more refined designs! Creations made with care and combining ethnic style and contemporary Western fashion.

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Omyoki handcrafted jewelry

Omyoki handmade jewelry is handmade by artisans from India, Nepal, Thailand, Indonesia. Discover their craftsmanship in this video.

We introduce you to some of the people who work with Omyoki. The manufacture of artisan jewelry is made by locals who have become friends. The workshops have all been visited and the working conditions checked, in order to propose ethical jewels.

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Mahesh's workshop in Nepal

Mahesh lives on the outskirts of Kathmandu, in the family home, with his parents, his wife and his 2 children. He has been making malas and beaded bracelets since 14 years ago! 14 years to put pearls, with patience, softness and tranquility. Mahesh is very religious, when he puts on beads he seems to be meditating. This person emerges from an absolute calm, a peaceful force. Well known in his neighborhood, it is not uncommon to see at his shop one or two friends from the surrounding area to discuss and drink tea. Mahesh was introduced to me a few years ago by a Polish woman, a volunteer teacher in a Nepali village for more than 7 years. A wonderful meeting.

The Govin workshop in India

The artisan jewelry workshop is nestled in the heart of Rajasthan. This region of northwestern India has been known since time immemorial for its expertise in jewelery. Rajasthan is a very colorful region of immense cultural wealth. It is not for nothing that it is one of the most touristic destinations of India. I met Govin in 2017, thanks to several trading friends in Europe. All advised me to go see Govin and what a meeting! Govin, Muku, Eddy, and some artisans work fervently for money, crimp, brush, polish. The workshop is a real cave of Ali Baba, full of a thousand semi-precious stones. No machine, apart from what to polish! All silver jewelry is handmade from A to Z. Forgotten machines, even the simplest. It is even more incredible to see these handmade jewels born.

The Fon & Lek workshop in Thailand

The Lek workshop is located in northern Thailand, close to the Burma border. The Karen, northern mountain tribes are very skilled with their hands. The Karen work in cloth and silver and are famous for their silver jewelry. Unlike many countries they use more pure silver, consisting of 95 at 98% silver, instead of 92,5%, which is the standard. I first met Fon and Lek in Bangkok because they go down to market. Believe it or not, but the communication was first complicated because the Thais are not so English-speaking! By dint of gestures and time we have come to understand each other. I have visited the north of this country a few times and the creativity, colors and ingenuity found there are incredible.

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Larimar, a rare stone

The larimar, a fine stone that has such a beautiful history! This mysterious blue and green water stone comes straight from the Dominican Republic. It's the the world's only larimar deposit. It was discovered in the 1900 years by a priest but the government refused to extract it. It was only from 1975 that it was exploited by Miguel Mendez who managed to obtain the right of exploitation. He gives the semi-precious stone the name of his daughter Lari, to which he adds the word "mar", sea in Spanish. Hence the name of larimar. The Bahoruco mine has created a whole local economy and offers work for many people in the area. Work in the mine but also in many local jewelers, at the museum of Santo Domingo.

Exploitation of Larimar

To get you in the mood, you can watch the presentation video of the larimar jewelry museum.

The larimar mine, located near Los Chupaderos, is exploited in two different ways. Part is managed by the State of Dominican Republic with mechanical means. The other part is mined by small local farmers who work with archaic means. Here is another video that shows the simplicity of the means implemented.

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The larimar is photosensitive, storing it in the dark will prevent it from losing its color over the years.

The properties of Larimar

In lithotherapy the larimar is reputed to be a stone of extreme softness, which brings calm and balance. The stone stimulates vital centers and self healing. It stabilizes the nervous system and enhances the joy of living. Stone of well-being, it is recommended to wear the larimar close to the body. It can also be associated with other stones (rock crystal, turquoise, chalcedony ...)
Colors: Light Blue to Blue Green
Chakras: chakras of the throat and solar plexus.

Larimar jewelry

Discover our rings in silver and larimar, entirely handmade. Jewelry with a modern and refined design, for a beautiful enhancement of the fine stone.

925 Silver Tree of Life Bracelet

The tree of life, timeless symbol

The tree of life is the symbol of evolution, of the common origin, but also of the union between the terrestrial and the celestial. The sign of the tree of life has been used since the beginning of history and on all five continents.

The tree of life according to Darwin

Darwin proposed a tree of life to represent the common origin of all living things. The relationship or link between birds and dinosaurs was represented using this tree. It is also possible to draw an analogy between the biological classification system and the concept of the tree of life. In this system, a given species can be traced through its roots.

The tree of life in the West

In the West the tree of life has a link with the 4 elements. The tree draws its food from the Earth but also feeds on sunlight, drinks the rainwater it receives, and grows thanks to the wind. Fire (Sun) gives it energy, Water (Rain) gives it existence and life; Air (Wind) gives it growth and movement; and the Earth gives it a base, a form. So here we have the 4 elements present in the tree (Fire-Water-Air-Earth), and its 4 structural characteristics (Background, Life, Movement, Form). These 4 categories turn out to be also the 4 divisions in humans: Head / Fire, Lungs / Air, Intestines / Water, Legs / Earth.

The tree of life in Buddhism

In Buddhism, the tree of life symbolizes the saving knowledge that delivers the being of its illusions. It is a Ficus bengalensis that grows in India, Nepal, etc., carrying small figs but inedible. It was at the foot of this tree that Siddharta Gautama knew enlightenment and became the Buddha, the Awakened, or the Awakener. He loved, indeed, to stand under this tree to teach the way to his disciples.

The tree of life in jewelry

We find the tree of life in many jewels. The symbol conveys a very strong image and brings together many concepts. It is very popular in Europe and the West. Here are some examples of contemporary jewelry. Discover more pictures of zen jewelry and trend on our Instagram:

Silver tree of life bracelet - designer jewelry - Omyoki Solid silver earrings tree of life Oval silver tree of life earrings

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The mysterious history of Tibetan jewelry

Our Tibetan jewelry does not come from Tibet, but is made by Tibetans in refugee communities in northern India or Nepal. Large Tibetan communities have fled Tibet, annexed by China in the 50 years, to establish themselves in India and Nepal. Moreover, the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan government in exile are in Dharamsala, in northern India.

The soul of Tibetan jewelry

The jewels have never been worn by Tibetans just to beautify themselves. Indeed, Tibetan jewelry is related to Buddhism, or serve as amulets. Today the best known in the West are the necklaces / bracelets mala sort of Tibetan rosary that the monks chew while reciting their 100 prayers (108 beads: 100 prayers and 8 forgotten). These malas are now available in necklaces, multi-turn bracelets or fine bracelets, also known as bracelets or zen bracelets.

Amulets and lucky doors

In time the jewels held places of bank reserve, or indicator of social status. Most of the jewels made of precious metals, silver or gold, were considered auspicious and lucky. In southern Tibet, a woman who did not wear an ornamental headdress was a sign of bad luck. This led the women to sleep with their huge headdresses until the 50 years.

Tibetan jewelry, social symbol

For men, jewelry was a symbol of their position in society. Like the gun, the sword and the saddle, a man's amulet was an indicator of social status. "Gun, sword," I can see from here your surprise but yes some Tibetans were great fighters. The Tibetans of Kham, better known as Khampa / Khamba, are traditionally known as Tibetan warriors. The Khampa follow another branch of Buddhism known.

Whether from Beijing or Lhasa, the Khampa have always resisted foreigners. Throughout their long history, Khampa fought against anyone trying to settle in their area. At the beginning of the XNIXXth century, several European and American explorers were killed by the Khampa - including Jules-Léon Dutreuil of Rhins, Louis Victor Liotard and Albert Shelton. Kham is one of the three main regions of Tibet. The Kham is 20 times bigger than Sweden or California.

Contemporary Tibetan jewelry

The bags are very popular in Europe and the West. These necklaces / bracelets are meditation supports and are used to count the "om mane padme um". Tibetans also make very nice prayer box pendants in solid silver.

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Nepal jewelry, history

The jewels of Nepal are mainly made by the Newar, a Nepalese ethnic group, living in Kathmandu and its surroundings. The Newar have been recognized artisans for centuries and their history is closely linked to Tibet.

Nepal jewels through the centuries

By the nineteenth century, Nepal and Tibet had very strong commercial ties. Nepalese artisans imported from Tibet: turquoise, coral, lapis lazuli and all kinds of semi-precious stones. Newar craftsmen also worked with wood, metal and pearls. In the nineteenth century, these Nepalese artisans began to migrate to Tibet and work for the great monasteries. Nepalese jewelry became popular for everyone in Tibet, then synonymous with wealth. Due to the unstable political situation in Tibet in the 11 years, most jewelry artisans returned to Kathmandu between 12 and 50.

Jewelry materials from Nepal

Most of Nepal's jewelry is made of brass, copper and silver. Some jewels are in gold of 22 carats (dark yellow). The jewels were composed of turquoise and coral until the 16th century. Then Nepalese used other stones, including rubies and sapphires from Sri Lanka and Burma. Today they use a lot of semi-precious stones from India: amethyst, amber, jade, agate, garnet, lapis lazuli, carnelian and opal. Yak bone, wood beads and seeds are also popular in Nepali jewelry.

Contemporary Nepal jewels

Today Nepalese are famous for their work of money and their ability to crimp and mount semiprecious stones. There are beautiful engraved silver coins, with Buddhist or Hindu symbols. Very trendy, malas and zen bracelets, these necklaces / bracelets in semi-precious stones, wood or seeds, have a lot of success. As you can see, Nepali jewels remain strongly linked to Buddhism.

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The fabulous history of Indian jewelry

Indian jewelry comes mainly from Rajasthan. This region of north-east India has been known since time immemorial for its expertise in jewelery. Rajasthan is a very colorful region of immense cultural wealth. It is for nothing that it is one of the most touristic destinations of India.

Indian jewels, a thousand-year history

Archaeological excavations have revealed that Indians have been creating gold, silver and precious stone jewelery since prehistoric times. The Mughals influenced Indian jewelry with their developed chiseling techniques, while the Rajasthan craftsmen brought their enameling technique. In India, jewelery symbolizes beliefs; it is associated with wealth, power, social status, caste, and beauty. Indian jewelry is said to have the power of gods and goddesses. The jewels are present since the architecture of the temples and palaces, with the paintings.

The importance of semi-precious stones in Indian jewelry

India has long been a provider of gems: precious stones, semi-precious stones, and pearls (of which the Mughals were very fond). And it is in India that we discovered the first diamond deposit in the world, in the Golconde mine. In Europe, from the 17ème to the 18th century the diamond was imported from India. This great country is also a producer of sapphires, rubies, emeralds, opals, as well as semi-precious stones such as tourmaline, garnet, moonstone, etc. Bombay and Jaipur are the main trading centers for semi-precious stones and semi-precious stones. precious. Most jewelers in Southeast Asia make their jewelery with stones from India.

Contemporary Indian jewelry

Today Indian artisans are known for their fascinating adaptability. They are just as capable of creating highly worked ethnic jewels as modern and sleek designs. Find our beautiful photos on Instagram. Omyoki offers a beautiful palette of Indian jewelery with a modern and refined design, with some ethnic pieces. Indian jewels in limited editions, which are largely co-designed with local artisans.

Indian jewels - Sterling silver creoles Ring 3 rings silver woman Engraved flat silver hoops Rose quartz silver ring, adjustable

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