As the capital of the Kingdom of Laos until the mid 20th-century, Luang Prabang was home to artists and craftsmen who worked under the patronage of the royal family. Silverwork has a long history in the country, and jewelry designs show the influence of trade with China, Tibet, and India. The floral motif on our sterling silver necklace is called dok phikoun. Buddhist monks taught that the blossom represented good luck and longevity, but for many years only the royal family could use the motif. Today the petite design is found in handcrafted silver jewelry throughout the country, including our sterling silver necklace.
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