In Tibet, turquoise (called gyu) and coral are two of the most highly valued materials. Turquoise has been used as currency, and coral is a precious trade object in this landlocked mountainous country. Nomadic people of the region frequently wear many pieces of turquoise and coral jewelry at once, as spiritual protection and as a way to keep their wealth at hand. By pairing faux versions of these stones with carnelian and handmade nickel and silver-plated beads, jewelers living on the Tibetan/Indian border re-create this traditional Himalayan design.
The sgian dubh (pronounced skeen doo) is a small ornamental knife traditionally tucked into the stocking of a Scottish Highlander when he’s dressed in full regalia. Ours is made in Scotland with a stainless steel blade and a handle crafted from naturally shed stag horn with a walnut backing. Leather sheath. Blade is shipped blunt for safety.