The paisley is a major design element in India having ancient, religious and socio-economic meaning. Mehindi is the art of henna tattoo and paisleys are a large part of mehindi design. The paisley has a different name in the different languages of India, but most make reference to the mango and it's seeds. Paisleys symbolizes growth. This paisley pendant is influenced by mehindi style, with a strong dot aesthetic similar to the henna tattoos that are so are so important and revered in Indian culture.
Designed by Dianna Badalament, Jewelry Program Director. Dianna says, "Each time I leave India, on my last day, the survivors give me mehindi on my hands and or feet, an act that shows affection and trust. For me, the paisley represents that beautiful day of bonding that I never want to end. As the act of bonding with another human is one of the most primal, compelling and lasting processes humans can create, and the feelings emoted are uniquely special, I wanted to create a piece both beautiful, but, one with meaning which with we can all relate."
Sterling silver on sterling silver chain.