Designed with love to promote peace in the wearer and peace in the world, it is a stunningly beautiful original necklace designed to be worn as a statement of peace, tolerance and respect for all.
This beautiful and unique necklace has 9 sterling silver discs which represent all main world religions, peoples and ways of being, held together with the dove of peace in the middle. On the backs of the discs are inscribed the words for ‘Peace’ in 12 different languages.
Wear your Peacechain as a badge of office, as a statement of respect, tolerance and compassion for all people and in celebration of the unity that exists beyond diversity, in our one human family.
Every time you put it on, do so with vision that all beings are held in equal respect, tolerance and compassion. Become a walking symbol of peace in the world.
World peace begins in each human heart – one peace at a time!
Silver Peacechain £180
Stirling Silver, UK Hallmarked. Gift boxed. Length adjustable from approx 16″ (41cms) to 19″ (38cms)
(Sterling Silver with 22ct Gold Plate)
(Sterling Silver with steel backing pin and clasp)
The 9 Peacechain Discs
Spiral (Indigenous peoples and all original religions, e.g Paganism, Shamanism.)
Om (Hinduism & all Eastern religions)
Moon & Star (Islam)
Dove of Peace (The glue that holds the rest together!)
Star of David (Judaism)
Flower of Life (All secular and individual spiritual paths)
Buddha (All Buddhist paths) Although the symbol of Buddhism is the 8 spoked wheel, but not everyone is familiar with it, so I chose the more obvious Buddha depiction for this disc. (Originally photographed from the Buddha statue in my garden.)
Tao (Taoism and all political philosophies)
The inscription on the dove of peace is “Paco” for peace and “Ami” for love. (Esperanto~ The Universal Language)
The inscription on the Moon and Star is “Salam” and the Islamic peace symbol ملاس
The inscription on the Star of David is “Shalom” and the Hebrew peace symbol םולש
The inscription on the Om is “Shanti” and the Hindu peace symbol
The inscription on the Christian cross is “Peace” and the Spanish & Portuguese word for peace, “Paz”
The inscription on the Buddhism disc is “Gzhi-bde”, and the Tibetan peace symbol ཞི་བདེ
I chose the Tibetan language for the Buddhist symbol as the leader of the Tibetan people, the Nobel peace prize winner HH the Dalai Lama is internationally recognised as the embodiment of peace. Despite his country being invaded and over a million Tibetans killed, imprisoned, tortured and starved since 1949 (17% of the population – HH refers to his people as an endangered species) and their culture and religious expression still subverted and banned in what can only be described as cultural and religious genocide, he remains a powerful and inspirational advocate of peaceful negotiation.
The Tao, or yin/yang symbol means “the way” and represents the wholeness, balance and harmony that is only achieved when opposing forces are in equal balance. Taoism, like Confucianism, is both a religion and a philosophy, so I chose this symbol to represent all peoples governed by political philosophies, for example communism or capitalism. It’s inscription is the Chinese word” Hépíng” and the Chinese and Japanese peace symbol 和平
The Flower of Life symbol was chosen to represent all secular and individual spiritual paths. The inscription is the Russian for Peace, “Mir” and the symbol “Мúр”
The Spiral represents all original religions, (paganism, shamanism, etc.,) and all indigenous peoples. The inscription is the Aboriginal, Walpiri for peace, “Iawa-nyinami” (notice that it also contains the Esperanto word for love, “ami”!)
On the top the inscription is “Wolakota” which is Lakota for “peace.” It was to the Lakota nation that White Buffalo Woman appeared long ago, gifting them the sacred pipe.
“With this holy pipe,” she said, “you will walk like a living prayer. With your feet resting upon the earth and the pipe stem reaching into the sky, your body forms a living bridge between the Sacred Beneath and the Sacred Above. Wakan Tanka smiles upon us, because now we are as one: earth, sky, all living things, the two legged, the fourlegged, the winged ones, the trees, the grasses. Together with the people, they are all related, one family. The pipe holds them all together.”
Chain Reaction, the Story of the Peacechain
It began in 1999 when I was on an 8 day Ascension course with Britain’s wonderful angel lady, Diana Cooper. On my way home I was drawn to visit Glastonbury. There I found a beautiful 6 pointed star pendant. I loved the symbolism of the star – the bottom triangle representing earth reaching for heaven, the top triangle representing heaven reaching for earth, in the middle they meet and all is one. (I found the symbolism of my finding the star interesting too – when I stated my intention of visiting Glastonbury at the end of the course, a few other people decided to come along too. It ended up with 6 of us going, 3 each in 2 cars, meeting in the middle of town – 2 triangles coming together!)
I wore my star all the time, almost like a badge of office. But as time passed I became increasingly uncomfortable wearing it, as the situation between Israel & Palestine intensified. If I was wearing what was after all, the star of David – even though I was wearing it for it’s spiritual rather than religious significance, then I felt that I should also be wearing the moon and star. I began to look for one.
I looked everywhere I went; yet I couldn’t find a moon & star. Even when I visited a Muslm country, I couldn’t find one. Then in the aftermath of 9/11, when President Bush decided to bomb Afghanistan, I thought: “I need a cross in there too!” At that point I was inspired to create the Peacechain – a necklace containing the symbols of all main religions and cultures. The necklace represents all people and all ways of being, held together with the dove of peace. While wearing my necklace – no matter what was going on in the world, what was on the news or in the papers, I knew that there would always be at least one place of peace where all people, all cultures and all ways of being were held together in peace, tolerance and respect. I would wear the necklace as my badge of office, becoming a walking symbol of peace and tolerance in the world.
I originally designed the Peacechain because I wanted one for myself, and then decided to make it available internationally. I have always been moved and inspired by the Edmond Burke quote “All that it takes for evil to flourish, is that good men do nothing.” For me, action is my analgesia. I was not ‘doing nothing.’
The Peacechain can be worn by people worldwide to help counteract the increasing wave of intolerance and prejudice and to promote the alternative vision of world peace, unity and tolerance. So many people already share this vision and the movement towards peace is growing every day. The more of us that hold that space of peace, the more it will grow, the further it will extend, the more people it will reach, the stronger it will become. World peace can only happen one way – by enough individuals finding and holding inner peace. When that number reaches a critical mass, there will also be outer peace. Hence the saying “World Peace starts with YOU!” We can’t expect people on the other side of the world, who may have suffered decades of trauma and abuse, to put down their weapons and adopt peace, while we harbour all angers and resentments in our own lives.
Whatever we are thinking/feeling is the energy that we put out into the world. You could say that we are all homeopathic doses of whatever energy we are holding. We can choose to be homeopathic doses of peace and tolerance. We can choose not to be drawn into anger, hate and judgement. The only way we can spread peace is by BEING peace. As James Twyman says, “Don’t pray for peace, for in praying for something we acknowledge its lack. Rather, pray peace. Become peace.” In other words – become the change that you would wish to see.
Diana Cooper suggested many years ago that we could all have a place of peace in our homes. Just one area, no matter how small – maybe simply one chair. But as long as we were in that place, we were to be peaceful, to think nothing but peaceful thoughts. Gradually over time, our place of peace would hold that peaceful energy and it would begin to permeate throughout our whole house, family and into our community. For me, wearing my peacechain has become like that, I carry the energy of peace with me wherever I go.
I created the Peacechain to not only be a political and ethical statement, but to also actively foster peaceful energy within the wearer. Inspired by the groundbreaking work of Dr. Masaru Emoto, the Peacechain and Peacechain bracelet have the words for “Peace” engraved in 12 different languages on the back of the discs. This has been proven to affect us at a cellular level by imprinting the energy of peace onto the water molecules of the body. All the Peace jewellery has also been blessed in a temple in Thailand, to bring peace to the wearer and peace to the world. The idea is that you wear your peacechain as a badge of office. Every time you put it on, do so with the expectation and intention that while you are wearing it, you hold all people in equal respect & tolerance, you dedicate yourself to peace, you are a living symbol of peace, tolerance and respect in the world and you allow this energy to become the bedrock of your being.
Conceived by Elizabeth Harley in 2003