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GHANA - Ashanti, the gold religion
Photos: Bruno Zanzottera
For Africans, gold is the metal of metals, unchangeable and eternal. As a living being, gold does not live in nature but moves around the earth. It can make itself visible and invisible. The Ashanti gave the Sacred Stool, a golden artefact, the task of uniting the peoples and creating a great kingdom through the priest Okomfo Anokyie, who made it fall from the sky into the arms of king Osei Tutu. Since then, the Stool is the Nation’s symbol and is only shown during important ceremonies. Ashanti festivals are the externalisation of the rituality expressed through the gold which, worn in abundance, the king shows to his subjects as a sign of power and authority. In fact, it’s with gold that the secret pact between king and religion is sealed.
We’re donating 30% (yes, THIRTY) of all our online sales made during the week of April 1st-8th to the Rainforest Foundation. Get something pretty and support something unbelievably beautiful and necessary to our lives.
This video for Tommie Sunshine & Polina’s Mr. Night is bananas…lobster, beets and a llama all make appearances. But we can’t get the song out of our heads (or off the studio dance party playlist) and the ladies are sporting our jewels - so you should check it out. See it HERE. Download the tracks HERE.
And that awesome headband we’ve got to make more of.
Still working in the background on all the site updates. Here’s a peek of the Grand Isis necklace. Aka what I’ll have glued on my neck through New Year’s.
If you’re in Patagonia’s Soho store this spring you’ll spy our necklaces on the mannequins. But you can’t buy them! HA! Such a tease, we know.
We’re big fans of everything Patagonia, so needless to say, we’re elated that they’re using our goods to dress up theirs. When we grow up we want to be just like Yvon Chouinard please-thank-you.
Looky looky! We’ve begun to add some lovely treats that we’ve been amassing. Loads more to come next week. Here’s a peek of some of the Edwardian sparklers that are fresh in and insane on!
Things are not as super quiet around here as our lack of updates may imply. As we recover from the swarm at Atlanta Gift Mart and madly make and ship loads of jewelry I thought I’d toss out a little preview of styles that we’ll debut on the site later this month. Love love love this coin necklace. And those earrings. But I love all of our jewelry, so big surprise there.
Atlanta was amazing and we were swamped with orders from almost eighty new stores. As a result there is probably some fantabulous WDIC goodness headed to your area soon. We’ll update our stockist list as soon as we can, promise.
Next up this week, NYIGF! If you’re attending, pop by and see us. We’ll have new pieces that didn’t appear at the Atlanta show, as we’re already waving bye-bye to a number of limited edition styles that just flat sold out (in a week!) and will only be available in select shops (garden charm bracelet, I am speaking to you especially). Thank you to all the buyers who are crazy about affordably priced beautiful things.
And if you are headed to the madhouse that is Javits, be sure to check out the Sustainability Display - featuring our new patina coiled rope necklace (yay!) among loads of other great green products.
NYIGF Details, Booth 8168, Javits Convention Center. January 29th - February 2nd
Rebecca (yet another one of our super awesome customers) was kind enough to share her wedding photos with us. She picked an assortment of foliage from our botanical verdigris earrings to adorn her lovely ladies and we’re absolutely thrilled to see them on! In Hawaii! Holy fantastic!
This is just the tropical injection I needed on a chilly New England day. Thanks again Rebecca, you all looked so beautiful.