The Komboloi may be one of the most typical symbols of the Greek easy-going mentality that has been widely established both in Greece and Cyprus since the middle of the 20th century. Yet the history of the komboloi and its origins date back to time, when monks in Mount Athos began making strands of beads by tying knots on a string at regular intervals in order to say their prayers to God. The modern Greek word komboloi derives from kombos (knot) and logio (collection) or the verb leo (say). It is said that it is short for the phrase “in every knot I say a prayer“. This etymology accounts for the fact that the komboloi actually evolved from komboskini, the Greek word for prayer rope.
The soul of the komboloi – its voice – is the music of its beads, whatever their shape, whether flat or irregular, translucent or opaque, made of stone, gems, wood, amber, bone, or even from olive pits, or carob beans.
It seems humankind has used beads since prehistoric times. Early civilizations believed they were a charm against enemies, or illness, or even the capricious catastrophes of nature. Evidence of their early use can be found in the bead-laden masks of the indigenous peoples of Mali, Congo and Cameroon. Here the humble ‘perforated spheres’ were seen as having supernatural powers.
Sandstone symbolizes enterprise, success, victory and glory; which can enhance the power of leadership and strength and be able to enhance the body’s good spirits, drive out evil spirits; clear the mind and relieve the pressure. The brilliant stars shining in the bright orange sky bring courage, confidence and willpower and boost vitality and energy.
Because Sandstone is created by either wind or water, it is often called a “stone of creativity”. It strengthens relationships within groups, both at home and the workplace. Use Sandstone to keep you from getting distracted, especially during meditation. A cheerful stone, Sandstone keeps those annoying tantrums and mood swings under control. When used on the Sacral chakra, Sandstone can help you discern the truth among those around you and to keep your mind clear when making decisions.
Most Sandstone is composed of quartz or feldspar because these are the most common minerals in the Earth’s crust. The sand inside occurs the orange color, for this reason, this substance is named "Orange Sand Stone".
This stone comes Orange, Dark Blue which is close to purple. It helps with any types of wealth wanting. It is also known for its calming and relaxing properties.
Embrace magic of Sandstone with this handmade Komboloi!
The piece is 22.5cm long. There are 21 beads on this Komboloi.
Each bead measures approximately 1cm long/wide.
This would make a very unique addition to your collection. 🙂
If you have any questions feel free to ask!
Happy buying 🙂