In approx. 1790 the first kombolóis made of a mixture of amber and other materials were created. This mixture went down in history as red Egyptian Faturan. Their huge success and popularity was followed by the invention of many other new materials. Depending on their composition they were called either transparent Faturan or mastic resins. They were essentially admixtures of amber with various kinds of resins, Bakelite, turpentine, and other natural materials that lent the material its characteristic colour. Their unique scent given out after subtly rubbing the beads together cannot be beaten by any other contemporary kombolói. Modern kombolóis cannot produce any fragrance, since they are in their greatest part composed by synthetic material. The only modern kombolóis emitting some kind of incense have been artificially processed for that specific purpose (they are usually submerged into containers filled with perfume) and essentially differ from the old kombolóis, the fragrance of which is indicative of their composition and quality. This is obvious from the fact that the scent of modern kombolóis is emanated without rubbing their beads and it therefore subsides with the passing of time, until it totally disappears within the first 2-3 years.
Kombolóis made of transparent Faturan are vintage items, stand out due to the clarity and sparkle of their beads and vary in colours. They can be found in various tones of brown, yellow, orange and rarely in tones of green and blue. Due to their translucency, the light entering each bead is reflected and adds a vibrant colour and unparalleled shine. This is not, however, the only feature that makes these kombolóis unique. It is their sound and texture; the articulate sound and the soft and smooth feel of each single bead gives rise to a very pleasant feeling, as these beads run through our fingers. kombolóis made of transparent Faturan are collectible items that can still be used on a daily basis due to the exceptional sturdiness of their beads.
Mastic resins are characterised by their opaque golden colour. Their owners often decorated these kombolóis and gave them a special touch. They used to heat pins and carve various patterns on their beads. Some of these beads also feature crosses. It is said that these kombolóis were owned by the Christians of the East. They would engrave crosses on them in their effort to preserve/establish their identity amidst the majority of Muslims. If you ever see or acquire one of these kombolóis, you can be certain that is has a long history to narrate. You automatically know that the same beads you now hold in your hands were also touched by a figure of the past. Maybe in some other era, another country someone cherished these beads and used them to draw courage, strength, and positive energy. The same positive energy that is handed down to us, and will be bequeathed to our descendants, our children and our grandchildren that might sometime inherit the most personal item of their grandfather. The possession of such a kombolói is neither simple nor accidental.
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