It has been an incredibly busy Fashion Week season for Mombasa these past few months.
Mombasa recently participated in Day 3 OC FASHION WEEK® f/w17; presented by Lamborghini Newport Beach. Tatiana Shabelnik brought her globally inspired collection “Contrast” to the runway. The show took place at Soka University’s Founders Hall and wowed the audience. We were honored to introduce our couture jewelry collection to the fashion audience and industry insiders.
Mombasa and fashion designer Tatiana Shabelnik teamed again for a great cause at the American Heart Association Charity Event on April 1st in Beverly Hills at the LA Fashion Showcase "Rock the Red" Event.
On April 29th, Mombasa sponsored the CuffLinks Red Carpet Soirée at “Float” Hard Rock & Fashion Show with designer Lisseth Corrao in downtown San Diego. The event raised money and awareness for pediatric cancer.
Hats off to these beautiful ladies for making our jewelry designs come alive!
Love & Light,
I've been wanting to share my story about the necklace, but have been traveling quite a bit. So am finally home for a few days so here we go ...
On my flight to London the unthinkable happened, a passenger passed away. The crew were sent into immediate panic and the pilot turned the plane around half way over the Atlantic and landed in a remote air field in Canada amidst snow and pine tree's. There was more attention paid to the deceased passenger than to his poor wife who was numb from shock. I went to the back of the plane where she had been sitting on the galley floors for hours with him and I removed my necklace and handed it to her. I told her to put it around her neck, hold the cross and pray. I sat with her as she sobbed and kept asking why this happened. Eventually the pilot came back to speak with her, so I returned to my seat. But before doing so, I gave her my UK phone number and address and said if she needed anything to get in touch with me never thinking I would see my necklace again. A week later I received a call from her saying she was helped so much from holding the cross and feeling its healing powers. She slept at night clenching it to her heart asking for strength. She was amazed at how strong she had become over just a few days, enough to make arrangements to bring her husband back to England and plan his farewell with her family. She sent the necklace back to me with flowers asking if I can continue to pray for her. Which I have done since it being back in my possession. Your pieces are not just objects of art and beauty, they have the power to transmit divine healing powers. I keep thinking how ironic it was that I wore this necklace for protection on my journey back to England and it ended up helping a woman who was plunged into the worst nightmare anyone can think of. One lasting comment she made holding the necklace ..... my husband is 39,000 miles closer to heaven. I feel God's presence and I know he is taken care of and I will be too.
Your creations are a very special blessing. May love, joy and happiness be yours in abundance this holiday season.
This was a testimonial from one of our customers about the SABA Beaded Cross Necklace.
African have always used jewelry since the beginning of time. In her book “Africa Adorned”, Angela Fisher shows the huge diversity of adornment in Africa. African jewelry is full of symbolism and communicates the status of the person wearing it, their prowess if they are priestess or a warrior, whether single or married, dowry size, etc. Worn by both men and women, all forms of organic materials are used as amulets or fetishes – metal, feather, leather, bone, horn, shell, wood, beads and or semi-precious stones.
The Karo tribe living along the borders of the lower Omo River in Ethiopia, incorporate rich, cultural symbolism into their rituals by using ornate body art, intricate headdresses and body scarification to express beauty and significance within their community.
The Tuareg who are among the last nomads on earth are famous for their stunning silver jewelry, hand etched in traditional designs. The cross of the Agadez is the most famous among the 21 emblems of the Tuareg – 21 different designs, each representing a specific nomadic enclave of Niger. One interpretation among many of their cross design is a representation of the Four Corners of the Earth – a metaphysical and spiritual compass for a people who are always on the move.
The variety of style of jewelry amongst african tribes and regions is as diverse as the continent itself. Jewelry is integral to our identity. It is innately in our DNA to express our creativity. It is in the rhythm that is Africa…the music, dance, landscape, architecture, art. It is our “Our Collective Genius”! Our tribal style is often duplicated on fashion runways. Billions has been made from the appropriation of our culture. We are and have always been taste makers.
In the words of George C. Wolfe “God created black people and black people created style.”
Love & Light!
Natural stones are believed to have metaphysical properties from releasing mental, physical and spiritual blockages to directing energy and raising our consciousness. Here we layout a guide to some of the stones used in Mombasa's jewelry design.
Turquoise is known as the “master Healer,” and is said to be the bridge between Heaven, Sky and the Earth. Many Native American cultures believe that Turquoise helps to connect the mind to the infinite possibilities of the Universe and is considered very sacred in Chinese cultures as well. It is a throat Chakra stone, as it helps to foster honest and open communication from the heart. It works to protect and align the chakras, strengthening the overall body in the process.
Amethyst is a natural stress reliever that encourages inner strength and brings wealth and a strong business sense to its wearer. It is a crystal of spiritual growth and protection. It brings clarity of the mind to their owner and helps you to become more in tune with your feelings so that you get to know yourself on a much deeper level. Amethyst crystals repel negative energy and attract positive energy, making them a wonderful protection stone for the home. They have one of the strongest powers to rid your home of any negative influence.
Labradorite cleans and opens the crown chakra by stimulating the wearer’s intuition. It is a power stone that allows you to see through illusions and determine the actual form of your dreams and goals. Use Labradorite to stimulate the imagination, develop enthusiasm and to see more clearly in meditation.
Agate is one of the oldest of healing stones. As a stone of strength, it was used in ancient civilizations, on the breastplates of armor, to bring warriors strength and make them victorious in battle. Agates are very protective stones, making them the perfect stones for amulets and medicine bags. They also bring us courage, emotional strength and self-confidence.
Pyrite is known to remedy financial hardship and attract abundance. The resemblance of Pyrite to gold has made it a traditional symbol for money and good luck. Its sunny golden color associates it with the sun and with the fortification and strengthening of the mind. Pyrite makes a wonderful energy shield, blocking out negativity from various sources.
Hematite is a very protective stone that helps you to stay grounded in any situation. It absorbs negative energy and calms you in times of stress or worry. When you wear Hematite, it helps you feel balanced, calm and centered. This stone helps you to find your own, unique talents, releasing self-imposed limitations.
Whether you believe in their power or not, it really doesn’t hurt to surround yourself with pretty, sparkly things.
Love & Light!
Lalibela is a holy city in Ethiopia and that is a name collectively given to these unique style of crosses. Over the years many, many different designs and styles of crosses developed and these designs became identified with a specific region of Ethiopia. What makes the Lalibela cross special? Every cross in the world is built around the Latin or the Greek Cross with variation on these two underlying designs but not the Lalibela cross. The Lalibela cross stands as the third variation that stands on its own. Some might even wonder how it could even be considered a cross. Historian consider the Ethiopic crosses are emblematic trees whose branches touch on many meanings. The incorporation of solar discs radiates in broad variety, interspersed with stars of David, tree birds, all varieties of cross point to an intentional talismanic concentration of symbols.
Close inspection of the Lalibela cross will reveal a series of recurring motifs and tropes. Heaven is represented by two oblong circles connected to one another. This symbol is not unlike and more than likely derived from the Egyptian Ankh, an ancient character symbolizing life. Overall the Lalibela cross is the simplification of the human body into a geometric design of a triangle and circle. The circle atop a triangle seems to suggest a sitting figure. So, the design not only represents a special historic time in the Christian Church, Christ and his disciples but the communion of man and God.
At Mombasa, it is simply the most beautiful cross and deserves to be shared with the world. All of our Lalibela crosses are handmade in Ethiopia by artisans. Each design is unique and should find a special woman with impeccable taste and a cultivated sense of style.
Love & Light,