Hope carnelian earrings
These earrings feature a coin with a calligraphic impression of the poetry of Rumi, a Persian poet widely admired in Afghanistan and the wider world.
Material: Silver, carnelian
Silver and carnelian
British Museum Afghanistan selection, 2011
These earrings feature a coin with a calligraphic impression of the poetry of Rumi, a Persian poet widely admired in the rest of the world. They complement the rest of the Hope range.
Carnelian is a translucent reddish-brown gemstone which was once thought to still the blood and calm the temper. The colour can vary greatly, ranging from pale orange to an intense almost-black coloration. It is widely used in the region for prayer beads (Tasbeh) and worn by both women and men as pendants and rings, which often feature beautifully engraved calligraphy.
Rumi: I have a cave (from Persian)
You are my cave. You are my friend. Enslave me and defend me.
O only Noah that I know, O opener now open,
O heart restored before the secret door where you befriend me!
You are the light, the banquet night, the victim’s victory.
You are the hoopoe bird of Sinai, set to swoop and rend me.
You are the stream. You are the sea. You are the lenient tyrant.
You are the poison and the sugar. Friend, do not torment me.
You are the chamber of the sun, the stations of the stars,
You are the prairie green with hope. Show me the way and send me.
You are my dawn, my Ramadan, the alms that I begged for and won.
You are the jar. You are the water. Slake me with water. Mend me.
Please note that depending on the design, size and finish of a piece, only fragments of the words may be visible.
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Rest of the world: 10 to 28 working days.