Our lantern-style gold jewelry comes in a small lantern katah (beads) or in a larger lantern pendant with tassels. Each style is 14kt gold and comes with a choice of gemstone: ruby, emerald, sapphire or diamond. The lantern jewelry may be purchased alone or with an 18kt gold chain: 16 in. or 18 in. Note: both bead and pendant require a thin chain with a small end-piece.
Cambodian prayer bead (katah): Today in Cambodia, a wealthy woman might wear a single gold katah on a chain around her neck. More commonly, though, a Cambodian woman of more modest means might wear several or many silver katah on a cord around her waist and hidden under her garments. According to tradition, the Khmer (Cambodian) women would seek the blessings of monks who copied Buddhist scriptures onto small bits of palm leaf, silver, or more recently, paper. These writings were then rolled up and inserted into katah made from clay, bamboo, lead, silver or gold, depending on the woman’s economic status. After that, each monk would add his personal “magic” through a prayer offering.
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