Büyük Talih means "great fortune" in Turkish, and matches the luxurious wide blue band of the choker necklace. For a more delicate style, you may also like our Iyi Talih Necklace, with a thinner choker band.
Over thousands of years of women’s culture, symbols are laid upon symbols. As these symbols grow in number, they melt and morph into one another. Just as a single thread alone is weak, but when bound with others becomes strong, so too can solitary symbols be lost or forgotten. However, as they are shared, reimagined, and used, their strength is rejuvenated. The items from this collection are inspired by the nomadic cultures of Turkey where, in small villages by the Black Sea, artisans create beaded masterpieces that have influenced, and been used in, items in this collection.
Design begets talisman, and talisman begets ritual. Each new amulet that is created becomes like a shining bead, which neighbours the woman’s culture that came before it, and supports the culture of she who comes after. So it is with the Talih Necklace, which overflows in its joyous abundance. Layers and layers of rich Turkish symbology are strung togethers, like the jewels of a necklace, ricocheting off one another and generating new meanings.
The nazar, or evil eye, an ancient symbol for warding away dark luck, is paired with the centuries old talisman for good fortune, the horseshoe, inlayed with pure lapis lazuli. These are layered over bright beads, and glistening crescent embellishments. In Turkish tâlih kelimesinin is the “word of fortune”. This necklace is offered up as a startlingly bold hope for the good fortune of the wearer, and the world. Vintage fabric is sourced in the grand bazaar of Istanbul by Olivia.
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