Common to South Arabia and Yemen, the mesh "labbeh" or "Kirdam" were worn wrapped around the neck or attached to the sides of the headgear hanging down as a frame to women’s chin. This particular libbeh is from the late 1800’s–early 1900. I had it restrung to be used as a necklace. This very finely made tribal labbeh has elaborate lengths of filigree and numerous dangling beads. This type of jewelry would have been part of a woman’s dowry given to the bride by her father
This stunning large necklace has multi stands of red/orange and black beads. The outside strands are decorated with a few small bronze bell forms and separated with cast bronze separators. This necklace is from Cameroon Africa. The natural fiber cording ends are woven together and topped on one side with a shell and on the other side with a loop...together forming a clasp...very similar construction to necklaces out of Nepal
Venetian Feather beads, historically traded for palm oil, and 19th century Lobi twins from Burkina Faso.
This traditional style of India woman's necklace has a bead at the ends which slides to adjust the length of the necklace to suit the wearer. The silver pendant would hold a lingam stone and has a cluster of small silver balls attached using a technique called "goli". The balls are not welded to the base, but are attached with a wire, giving them some slight movement.
This antique necklace consists of large bells alternating with (symbolic) lotus pods. The bells are roughly 1.5 inches long. Though it has a hook closure, it is long enough to slip over the head of the wearer...Really fun to wear but not to the opera.
It is made of low grade silver which was commonly used by various tribal groups throughout Central Asian, and the Far East. The filigree work on the bells was most common to Northern India, Himalayas, Nepal.
Unknown origin. 52 grams.
Heavy fine silver bracelet. Origin Indian Raj period or central Asian. Weighs 1/2 lb...band is braided strands of silver almost 2 inches wide...mid to late 1800's...
Approx. 9" inner circumference.
Mauritanian blue beads, red beads form Ghana, silver disc spacers and pendant from Morocco.
Attractive coral and turquoise necklace, 19".
Old brass Baule pendants, gold plated.
Old red translucent beads thought to be from Germany, found in Mali.
Old silver Moroccan ball - symbol of fertility.
Old silver pendant/Byzantine Champlevé from Morocco, with carnelian center.
Boxite, blue beads from Mali, Tuareg silver, cowrie shells, and Terre de Niger counterweights.
27", with scarce 19th century blue trade beads and diverse pendants.
18" African necklace. Scarce blue Dogon 20th century beads, with Mauritanian 20th century silver beads.
Assymetric rust & blue "pre-white hearts" in Stripe combinations. Early 19th century, P. 2, Vol 4 Picard. Venetian found in Mali, with Tuareg nickel silver mounts.
Clasp as is; completely functional but missing a covering panel on the clasp.
Most harem rings are decidedly in the "fine jewelry" category -- made of high-carat gold and set with gemstones -- so it's quite unusual to find an affordable version. We got lucky and found two of them lately: a seven-ring stack of textured sterling bands and this beauty!
Here, diamond rhinestones not only ornament each of five bands joined at the back, but also fit together to form a flower. The metal is silver in color, unmarked, and the faceted rhinestones are real dazzlers...
Many pieces of turkmen "jewelry" were sewn to clothing as amulets. This rare teke turkomen pendant was originally worn as a necklace and still has the original leather neckstrap. This piece has 5 flat carnelians and gold wash or "fireguilded" detail. The pendant is 6 inches across and 10 inches long.