When Mads Kornerup strung together gold beads with a braided nylon thread for the first time in 2001, he was inspired by Buddhist prayer beads. Little did he know that it would mark the birth of an iconic style the Shamballa Bracelet. Never before had fine jewellery been presented with such refined casualness or offered such a high level of customisation. Following the success of the design, Mads and Mikkel Kornerup established Shamballa Jewels in 2005, in Copenhagen, Denmark. The brothers continue to create jewellery fuelled by tradition and innovation.
Ancient scriptures tell us of a mythical kingdom hidden in a valley in the Himalayas. A harmonious place populated by enlightened and compassionate people, the Kingdom of Shamballa when translated from Sanskrit means ‘a place of peace and tranquillity’. Evocative of spiritual icons, symbols, and prayer beads used since the dawn of time, our jewellery encourages you to find your inner Shamballa. We aspire for our jewellery to remind us of the possibility of connecting to our inner compassion and wisdom.
The distinct way of presenting holistic concepts of yoga and meditation with our pavé beads and macramé braiding is now synonymous with Shamballa Jewels’ signature style. Reminiscent of places near and far, of spiritual stories ancient and new, our jewellery is designed to trigger curiosity and inspire conversation.
The Star of Shamballa
The thunderbolt is a symbol for irresistible force across many ancient cultures. The double thunderbolt represents pure consciousness, a state that cannot be destroyed or corrupted and has no beginning or end. The Star of Shamballa – two intercrossed thunderbolts, represents the irresistible force created when creativity springs in a pure, conscious mind. This creative force is found in everyone. Most of our jewellery is customisable we invite you to take part in the creative process, so each design is a meaningful personal expression.
Shamballa Jewels’ repertoire includes bracelets, necklaces, cuff links, earrings and rings which are set, braided and polished by hand in Copenhagen, Denmark. Star rapper Jay Z was the first to custom order a Shamballa Bracelet. Today, we are honoured to count Karl Lagerfeld, HRH Crown Princess Mary of Denmark, HRH Crown Princess Mette Marit of Norway, Carine Roitfeld, Gwyneth Paltrow, Diane Von Furstenberg and Giorgio Armani amongst the discerning collectors of our jewellery.
Just like stars, humans can emanate heat and light. You are a star. The Star of Shamballa present in our designs will be your constant reminder of that.