The History Path of Kombolói
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The kombolói's source of inspiration has been Greeks' intense urge to express their soul. They gave these tightly strung beads what they themselves deeply desired…Freedom. This is why the first change they brought about to Turkish rosaries was to increase the length of the cord that kept the beads close and tight with each other allowing them ample freedom of movement. They might have very well seen a reflection of themselves in each bead… Both bead and Greek desperately wanting to revolt against captivity and claim the right to freedom of life and expression. Since Greeks were the first to apply this change to a conventional rosary, they were also the first to discover a secret, namely the distinct and beautiful melody that amber beads produce when they fall on each other. Finally, after many centuries of life, rosary beads could "speak". And yet, this was not the only element of the new creation that won the hearts of Greeks. It was also the texture of each bead that slipped through their fingers and left a pleasant caress, as if each bead wished to thank them for setting it free to talk, to express itself, to make its existence known. However, there are also other features that make these first kombolóis* so special. It was their colour, which exuded genuine warmth and invited you to take them in your hands, feel them, become one with them, and co-exist harmoniously as if you were two close friends. This feast of the senses, which would reveal itself to whoever touched these old amber kombolóis was rounded off by their unique aroma. The owner of amber kombolóis only needs to rub its beads with each other to release its true value from the depth of its soul. Pleasant and discreet, the scent of fossilised resin has the power to transfer you to another world. It is as if it takes you on a journey to the heart of a forest, where the fragrances of plants and trees compose the perfect natural aroma.

* The plural of the word Kombolói (κομπολόι) in Greek is kombolóya (κομπολόγια). Here is it presented as kombolóis to facilitate the English reader.
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