• The Lalibela Cross - An Amazing Story!

    Posted by Hanna Wagari

     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.

     Namaste x


    This was a testimonial from one of our customers about the SABA Beaded Cross Necklace.

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  • The Lalibela Cross – Timeless and Transcendent

    Posted by Hanna Wagari

     Few religious artifacts are as universal, loved or revered as the cross in Ethiopia. Neck crosses have been part of Ethiopian culture for thousands of years (it is believed that Christianity was practiced there since 1st century AD) and were initially made from wood, bone, leather, carved stones or other local material. Beginning in the 19th century silver in the form of silver coins became more prevalent in rural Ethiopia and soon village silversmiths began to create neck crosses from silver. Not only the faithful adorn themselves with a small cross usually worn on a string or chain around the necks, but often times, many also get inked with the cross on their forehead, neck hand or forearms. 

    The crosses share a name with Lalibela, universally considered the holiest place in Ethiopia, home to Ethiopian Orthodox Christians.  Throughout the wearable artifices, Holy Cross and Star of David are represented symbolizing the New Testament and Bible. The Lalibela cross is everywhere in Lalibela with citizens carrying the gold and brass crosses.   They are timeless and transcendent.  

    Mombasa’s Signature Collection highlights the many variation of the Lalibela Cross.  The collection signifies our heritage and is the essence of the brand.  We hope you love these statement pieces in the Signature Collection – the Saba Beaded Cross necklace featuring faceted agate bead stones and pyrite beads; the Makeda Cross and Taytu Cross necklaces hand-crafted in our Los Angeles Studios using reclaimed leather and traditional glass beads.  Each piece is unique and is designed for that special #Mombasababe with impeccable taste and a cultivated a sense of style.

    Love & Light,




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