I'm so excited to be carrying a new Vancouver brand by designer Negar Khatami. I first met Negar at a special media event she held months back. I was captivated by her stories of her childhood memories of Iran. Jewelry design was not Negar Khatami's initial plan and she spent years in the corporate world and realized it didn't make her happy. Negar attended a night course in jewelry design at a local college in 2008 and also pursued a master goldsmith and apprenticed under her, learning as much as she could. Katami Designs was born soon after and soon friends and strangers were inquiring how they too could own a piece of Negar's jewelry.
The collection I am carrying is called the Aevum collection. Inspired by Negar’s memories of ornate doors from her childhood in Iran, these miniature door knocker pendants are beauty with a purpose. Each pendant represents a "door knocker". Negar explained to me how in Iran, some homes have two different sized door knockers, one smaller and one larger. The smaller for the woman use, which made a softer sound and the larger for the man, which made a louder sound. Depending on who was at the door, this helped the household know who was to answer.
Further to their functional and decorative use, door knockers have held superstitious meaning in many cultures throughout history. They are believed to ward off evil spirits, offer protection and invite blessings to the wearer. Each pendant in the Aevum collection is named after a Roman Goddess or God and brings protection and good luck to the wearer.
Each piece is hand crafted and casted in her Vancouver studio. With meaning that adds timeless sentimental value, the Aevum collection is ideal for any woman on your gift list. Layer with other pieces or worn alone the door knocker pendants combine beauty with significance.