Erzulie Fréda is the Haitian African spirit of love, beauty, jewelry, dancing, luxury, and flowers. She wears three wedding rings, one for each husband. Her symbol is a heart, her colors are pink, blue, white and gold, and her favorite sacrifices include jewelry, perfume, sweet cakes and liqueurs. African Jade is the colloquial name of Verdite, which is considered to be a variety of fuchsite, which in turn, is a variety of muscovite. Verdite was discovered in North Kaap River, South Africa in areas where gold was found. It has been used in the region for hundreds of years as an ornamental stone and for amulets.
Please note that the doughnut-shaped beads are individually cut and drilled by hand. Colors, shapes and details may vary slightly, lending each bead unique characteristics.
Photography: Filipa Peixeiro
Product shots: Christian André Strand