The Magnificent Scent of Clove Necklace
Clove; this magical herb is full of properties with a natural scent that spreads in the air and brings a warmth and safe feeling. People of different countries use it in making jewelry. Clove necklace is a traditional ornament and there is a long story behind it. In order to get more familiar with this powerful herb we provide you this article about:
Beliefs in Asian Cultures:
We have found different types of clove necklaces among Indus, Palestinians and Afghans. These necklaces are similar in their designs among these three cultures.
In Iranians Beliefs
Clove is a protective charm and its sweet and strong scent is an aphrodisiac in Iranians beliefs! Also the botanical fragrance of clove builds confidence and comforts the heart. Clove necklaces are handicraft charm of Lor, Kord and Qashqai tribes. Clove necklace is a common jewelry in Qashqai and Lor bridals.
It may look an odd piece of decoration but it is customary to wear clove necklaces because they believe that fragrance of the clove uplifts the soul of the wedding party. Through marriage the significance of this tradition has transmitted the cultural beliefs to other tribes.
In Indus beliefs
Indus believes that clove necklace protects us from evil eyes and diseases. As same as Iranians, it is an essential part of Indus bridals too. In their eyes gold just glitter but clove necklace gives off a pleasant fragrance and keep us away from bad evil eyes. It is believed that clove necklace with its magical power and fragrance protects the bride.
The original designs of this necklace is only consisted of cloves without any other materials but over the years shiny beads have been added to the clove string.
Though it is rare to wear the clove necklace in everyday life, for the bride it is still an absolute essential among rich and poor.
Craftswomen learned the art (of making clove necklace) from their mothers and passed it on to their eldest daughters, they know that clove necklace is as precious as craft gold.
In the myth of clove’s supernatural powers is always its sweet and persistent scent on your clothes with its magical power in.
The passage of time alters cultural preferences and people moving away from tradition slowly. If people abandon the clove necklace, this beautiful art will die.
Benefits of clove:
- Increases tooth health, decreases tooth pain and use to freshen your breath
- As an aphrodisiac raises testosterone
- Works as painkiller
- Serves as anti-fungal
- Adds in our foods and beverages (use as spice and stimulant)