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I include all of the East in my listings--near
I often have pieces from India, though the
nice ones, like everything else, are getting harder and harder to find.
Sometimes there are odds and ends from China, Afghanistan, Indonesia, and
other areas - I never know what might appear, or when. I have just
added a number of items brought from Iran...
The most important reference books I use
on this page are: Traditional Jewelry of India by Oppi
Untracht, The Arts and Crafts of Turkestan by Johannes
Kalter, Collectible Beads by Robert Liu, Magical
Ancient Beads by Jamey D. Allen,The Jewelry of Nepal by
Hannelore Gabriel, Power and Gold from Prestel, Peoples
of the Golden Triangle by Lewis, The Nagas by Julian
Jacobs, Beads in Indonesia by Adhyatman & Arifin, Jewelry
of Southeast Asia by Anne Richter, The Vanishing Tribes of
Burma by Richard K, Diran, Mongol Jewelry by
Martha Boyer, Four Centuries of Silver: Personal Adornment
in the Qing Dynasty and After by Margaret Duda, Ethnic Jewellery:
from Africa, Asia and Pacific Islands of the Rene van der Star
Collection, and Old Silver Jewellery of the Turkoman by Schletzer.
There are also four books that are invaluable, written byAnne van
Cutsem - A World of Rings, A World of Bracelets, A World
of Earrings, and by Anne Leurquin - A World of Necklaces. Two other books of value are: Beads of Borneo by Heidi
Munan, and Oman Adorned by Miranda Morris.
looking at the small preview images, if you see them slightly under 1
1/4 inches tall, then you will be seeing the items life size.)
On to the mysterious lands...
EA2313. Here is a great, light-weight antique silver
necklace from Iran, constructed with pieces of stamped silver connected
like pendants, with jump rings and chain. Stretched out, the
piece is 19 1/2 inches from end to end. The round pieces are
13/16 inch in diameter. This is a very unusual piece.
EA2314. There are five antique jet pendants from Iran
here, all inscribed with positive phrases from the Koran. There
are often references to 5, representing both the Islamic leaders, and
the five fingers held up for protection. #1 is a rectangle 1 3/8
by 5/8 across and 3/8 inch thick. 2 sets of stringing
holes. $55.US. #2 is a rectangle 1 1/8 by 3/4 inch across
and 3/8 inch thick. 2 sets of stringing holes. $75.US.
#3 is a teardrop 1 1/4 inches tall, 1 inch at the widest, and
3/8 inch thick. $95.US. #4 is a teardrop 1 1/4 inches
tall, 1 inch across, and a little over 3/8 inch thick. $95.US.
#5 is a teardop 1 1/4 inches tall, 1 1/8 inches wide, and 3/8
inch thick. $95.US. All of these pendants have writing on
both sides. (#1 & #5 are sold, #2, #3 & #4 are available)
EA2317. This jet bead from Iran is newer than the others
that I have listed. I would guess that it is more like 20-50
years old. This has four sections of writing on it, all with
blessings and good wishes. The piece has 2 pendant holes across
the top. The rectangle is slightly askew and measures 1 3/4 by 1
3/8 inches, and is 1/4 inch thick. There is writing on both
EA2334. Strand #1 - 16 inches long - $165.US.
Strand #2 - 8 inches long - $52.US. Strand #3 - 18
inches long - $330.US. (#1 & #2 are sold, #3 is available)
EA2345. This ring was made from four coins soldered
together and decorated. It is antique and has been worn down a
bit. size 6. $55.US.
EA2346. Here is a very dramatic ring from Afghanistan
with both traditional and modern design. This is a very heavy
ring newly made with an antique look to it. size 8.
EA2352. Here is a very nice group of coin pendants.
They could be used individually as pendants. The three
small ones have carnelians added. The large coins are 2 1/4
inches long with loops included. $104.US.
EA2353. Here are some very nice beads from Afghanistan -
both styles are becoming more difficult to find. Bead #1 is
a triple, just under 4 inches long. $124.US. Bead #2 is 2
1/4 inches long and beautifully patterned. $42.US. (#1 is available, #2 is sold)
EA2354. Here are more beads from Afghanistan - Bead #1 -
1 1/2 inches long - $12.US. Bead #2 - 1 5/8 inches long -
$16.US. Bead #3 - 1 7/8 inches long - $30.US. Bead #4 - 1
7/8 inches long - $40.US. Bead #5 - 2 1/8 inches long -
$48.US. Pendant #6 - 1 7/8 inches long - $60.US. Bead #7
- 2 inches long - $36.US. (#3, #4, #5 & #7 are available, the rest are sold)
EA2359. I have items from Nagaland on both this page and
the "Southeast Asia" page. Somehow I have mixed my geography up a
little. This brass pendant is both cast and hammered into shape.
It has a face etched onto it. This is a very unusual piece
2 3/4 inches tall. $110.US.
EA2362. This dramatic silver ring has a front that is 1
3/4 inches in diameter. It is a size 8.5. $75.US.
EA2363. The front of this silver ring is 1 3/4 inches
across and has a tall green facet glass stone in the center. This
is a size 8.5. $110.US.
EA2369. Here is a delicate necklace put together in
Afghanistan. The main beads are a mix of agate, and glass copies
of that agate. Examining them individually is very interesting.
The central bead is an amber imitation. The other beads are
sterling silver, and the necklace measures 17 1/2 inches long.
The imitation amber bead is 3/4 inch wide. $110.US.
EA2375. Here is a seed bead necklace from Nagaland.
It buttons shut at the end with a red glass "button". The
necklace is 24 inches long with a 3 inch long attachment. The
beads are woven in turquoise, dark blue, white and red, 7/8 inches
EA2378. There are 16 inches of beads on this 22 inch long
strand. It buttons shut with a glass bead. This is a mix of
carnelian and glass beads with the fattest carnelian having a diameter
of 5/8 inch across. The brass bell is 1 1/8 inches across.
EA2380. These very attractive gilded (except for #3)
silver pendants were probably part of one necklace once upon a time.
They make great small groups though, or single pendants.
They measure an average of 1 1/16 inch in diameter.
$22.US/each pendant (#2, #3, #4, #5, #6, #7, #8 & #10 are sold, the rest are available)
EA2381. Here is a nice group of gilded pendants from
Turkmenistan. Most have a glass stone in the middle and measure
an average of 1 1/2 inches in diameter. $42.US/each pendant (#2 & #4 are available, the rest are sold)
EA2389. This is a 17 inch long strand of flat silver
beads from Afghanistan. The longest one is 1 7/8 inches.
The beads are the same on each side. $148.US.
EA2391. I have four pendants from Afghanistan here.
Pendant #1 is quite small, 1 1/8 inches tall. $25.US.
Pendant #2 is small as well, just over 7/8 inches tall.
$16.US. Pendant #3 is 1 13/16 inches tall with a
nice square piece of glass in it (looks like carnelian). $44.US.
Pendant #4 is 1 3/4 inches tall with a square piece of
glass in it as well. $44.US. (#1 & #2 are sold, #3 & #4 are available)
EA2401. This is a rather monumental antique silver piece
which was bought in Iran. It does make me think though of
amuletic pendants coming from both Yemen and Ethiopia. The
pendant is 3 1/4 inches wide and 5 inches from the top of the hanging
loops to the bottom of the pendants. It is 1/2 inch thick and
opens at one side. A chain protects the closure from getting
lost. Inside are two pieces of writing in Arabic both done by
hand. They are newer than the pendant itself. The chain is
20 inches long, and combined with the top of the pendant the opening to
slip over your head is 22 inches around. there is no clasp.
The back of the piece is very attractive as you can clearly see
the construction of the silver. The central stone in front of the pendant is an oval facet gemstone. $450.US.
EA2402. This is an interesting silver pendant from Iran.
It has three facet glass stones set across it. The
rectangle is 2 1/4 inches wide and 4 1/8 inches from top of hanging
loop to bottom of pendants. The pendants bang together when walking to
make light clunky sounds. $155.US.
EA2405. This is an antique pendant from Iran with writing
newly engraved into it on the main section, on each side of the glass
cabochon. It speaks of the past and of the present. The
pendant is 2 1/2 inches tall, and ready to string up. $55.US.
EA2409. Here are two old silver pendants from Iran.
Similar but different. Pendant #1 is 3 3/4 inches tall.
$85.US. Pendant #2 is 3 1/2 inches tall with a 2 1/2 inch
long chain. It has been bumped up a little and has some damage on
the hanging loops at the bottom with some missing pieces as well.
It all adds to the charm of an old piece. $85.US. (#1 is sold, #2 is available)
Bead #1 is the only one available. It has writing on one side and
an indent at each end so that it could be pinned onto a piece of
jewellery (perhaps a ring or a pin) - it doesn not have a hole going
through. This is an ancient Islamic carnelian measuring 11/16
inch across. $45.US.
EA2413. This is a rather wonderful antique silver Turkoman
pendant strung on a vintage silver chain. The pendant is 5 1/2
inches wide and 6 1/2 inches from top of pendant to bottom of dangles.
It is gilded with gold and studded with three warm coloured
carnelians, each about 7/8 inch across. This is beautifully made
with a delicate etched design that shows much more clearly in real
life. The pendants have beads between the leaf shaped pieces.
Their colours are great but they are vintage plastic and could
easily be replaced by the new owner. The chain has an "S" hook at
each end so can easily be removed and used on some other pendant that
you own. It is 21 1/2 inches long. This piece is ready to wear. $850.US.
EA2422. 61 grams. $270.US.
EA2426. Here are some antique Afghani/Turkoman silver
beads. They are all doubles. Strand #1 is 6 1/4 inches
long. $86.US. Strand #2 is 7 inches long.
$126.US. Strand #3 is 5 1/5 inches long.
$90.US. Strand #4 is 7 inches long. $125.US. (#2 & #3 are available)
EA2427. There is one pendant and two beads here.
All are antique silver from Afghanistan. Pendant #1 1 3/4
inches tall. $68.US. Bead #2 is 1 3/8 inches tall.
$43.US. Bead #3 is 1 3/8 inches tall. $62.US. (#3 is available, the others are sold)
EA2428. Here are four fat antique silver beads from
Afghanistan. Bead #1 is 2 1/8 inches tall. $78.US.
Bead #2 is 1 5/8 inches tall. $55.US. Bead #3
is 2 1/2 inches tall. $68.US. Bead #4 is 2 1/4 inches
tall. $72.US. (#1 & #2 are sold, the rest are available)
EA2429. Here are five very large beads and a pendant from
Afghanistan. They are antique silver. Bead # 1 is 1 3/4
inches long. $92.US. Pendant #2 is 2 5/8 inches
tall. $110.US. Bead #3 is 2 3/8 inches long.
$78.US. Bead #4 is 1 7/8 inches long. $70.US.
Bead #5 is 2 1/2 inches long. $58.US. (#2 & #5 are sold, the rest are available)
EA2436. Here are four very different sets of Rajasthan
earplugs, all antique and all made of silver. Pair #1 are 1 1/8
inch in diameter, 5/8 inches tall and have loops on the inside for
suspension. $82.US. Pair #2 have red facet glass
stones in the middle, and are gilded with gold. They are slightly
over 7/8 inch in diameter and 1/2 inch tall. They have loops
attached. $55.US. Pair #3 are the largest, a little
over 1 1/4 inches in diameter and 1/2 inch thick. They have
central holes that could be used for suspension. Of course all of
these pieces can continue to be worn. $115.US. Pair
#4 are just over 3/4 inch in diameter and 3/8 inch thick. They
have loops attached. $60.US. (#1 is available, the rest are sold)
EA2438. Here is one more double ring from Gujarat India,
again made from silver and copper. One finger size is a 7, and
the other is a 9. The ring measures 1 7/8 inch from one end to
the other. I love these rings and they are more comfortable than
I had thought. $150.US.
EA2446. There are three coins from India here, all made
into pendants. Pendant #1 is 2 1/8 inches tall -
$65.US. Pendant #2 is 2 3/4 inches tall -
$120.US. Pendant #3 has a facet glass stone set in the
middle and is 1 1/4 inches tall - $50.US. (#1 is sold)
EA2449. I have to do some research on this piece but I am
told that it is a piece from a woman's head-dress from
Afghanistan. It is an antique silver piece and you can see when
you look closely where silver has been worn away from pieces wearing
against each other while moving. When I move the piece the
pendants hit each other with a light, soft almost musical sounds - a
bit like very delicate chimes. The piece measures 11 3/4 inches
from one end to the other. Two squares of red glass are set into
it for a small touch of colour. This is a very distinctive
EA2450. There are some silver coins from the east as well
as pendants here. #1 is 1 1/8 inches tall -
$22.US. #2 is an Indian coin 15/16 inch across -
$25.US. #3 is a small Indian coin 5/8 inches tall -
$25.US. #4 is a rather magical piece, quite thick and with
a star image on the other side - $65.US. #5 is slightly
over 1 inch tall including hanging loop. It is another coin from
India - $18.US. (#1 & #4 are sold, the rest are available)
EA2453. An antique carved piece of carnelian has been set
into a newly made ring (needs polishing) in the same style as the
antique ones. It is very gracefully made and the stone sits up
nicely and visibly. Size 7. $135.US.
EA2463. These three silver pendants look like coins but
have symbolic writing on them instead. Both sides have similar
images impressed into them. #1 is 1 1/4 inch from top of loop to
bottom of pendant. $28.US. #2 is 1 1/2 inches
tall. $68.US. #3 is 1 1/2 inches tall. $68.US. (#2 is sold)
EA2464. These silver pendants were bought in
Afghanistan. Pendant #1 is 2 1/8 inches long.
$15.US. Pendant #2 is 1 3/8 inches tall.
$28.US. Pendant #3 is 2 3/4 inches tall. $58.US. (#3 is available, #1 & #2 are sold)
EA2469. This antique silver pendant makes light noises when
the wearer is moving. It is 2 1/8 inches wide and 2 inches
EA2470. There are two strands of solid sterling silver
cornerless cube beads here, great as spacers. Strand #1 is over 7
inches long. 24.3gr. $110.US. Strand #2 is 16
inches long. 23.8gr. $110.US. (#1 is available)
EA2472. This pendant was probably part of a bracelet once
upon a time. It is from India with a delicate and small portrait
under glass surrounded by some complex silver-work. The
piece is 1 3/8 inches tall. $124.US.
EA2474. There are three antique silver items here. #1
is a bell and chain from Afghanistan. The bell has some gold
gilding on the top part. It measures 2 7/8 inch from one end to
the other. $35.US. #2 is a silver container from
India. The lid from the container has lost its hinge and is being
held on with a bit of wire. The pendant is 1 3/4 inch tall from
top of hanging loop to bottom of bells. It is 1/2 inch
thick. $50.US. #3 is from India and is very
typical. It works as a pendant hanging from a ring at one
end. It measures 2 3/4 inches tall. $38.US.
EA2482. These irregular coral beads came out of the
midEast. The only strand available is #3 at $935.US. The
strand is 46 inches long so there is a lot to work with for one project
or more. I love the shapes of the beads and am totally enchanted
by this style of coral.
EA2486. Interestingly, although the beads look like old
glass, they are actually plastic. At some point I imagine the
less expensive alternative needed to be used to string up these antique
coins (averaging over 110 yrs old). The necklace is 22 inches
around and might be able to slip over your head. The knot on it
looks undoable - so otherwise you might need to restring this and add a
EA2488. These are typical antique silver double beads from
Afghanistan. They average 5/8 to 3/4 inch in diameter.
Strand #1 is 12 inches long - $200.US. Strand #2 is 11
inches long - $210.US.
EA2489. Here are three strands of typical antique silver
double beads from Afghanistan. I am always charmed by
them. Strand #1 is slightly under 16 inches long with the
largest beads averaging 5/8 inch in diameter -
$240.US. Strand #2 is 14 inches long with beads
averaging 5/8 inch in diameter - $255.US. Strand #3
is 13 inches long - $268.US.
EA2490. Here are two strands of silver antique beads from
Afghanistan. Strand #1 is 15 3/4 inches long - $270.US.
Strand #2 is 8 inches long - $75.US. (#2 is sold)
EA2491. There are more of the antique silver double beads
here. Strand #1 is 6 1/2 inches long - $135.US.
Strand #2 is 9 3/4 inches long - $135.US. Strand #3 is 8 1/2
inches long - $145.US. (#2 is sold)
EA2494. There are two pairs of antique silver beads from
Afghanistan here. Pair #1 are 1 3/4 inches long -
$110.US. Pair #2 are 1 7/8 inches long - $62.US. (#1 is sold)
EA2495. I love this style of rather imperfect beads -
antique silver ones coming out of Afghanistan - long and narrow with
that great flourish of an oval/round part at the ends.
Strand #1 is 15 inches long - $68.US. Strand #2 is 6
inches long - $44.US. Strand #3 is slightly over 11 inches
long - $58.US. (#3 is sold)
EA2496. Here are a few different groups of antique silver
tubular beads from Afghanistan, with nice ridges to define their
ends. Strand #1 is 11 1/2 inches long - $68.US.
Strand #2 is slightly under 14 inches long - $78.US.
Strand #3 is a bit over 11 inches long - $120.US. Strand
#4 is 14 3/8 inches long - $110.US. (#1 & #2 are sold)
EA2497. There are two groups here of antique silver beads
from Afghanistan. Strand #1 is made of tubular beads
soldered into groups of four. The quadruple beads average 1 inch
in length - $105.US. Strand #2 is a group of very
fat beads adding up to 5 7/8 inch in length.
$75.US. (#1 is sold)
EA2498. This is a very interesting and unusual antique
hairclip from Afghanistan. It is made of silver and set with
glass facet cabochons. The metal piece at the very top of the
chains above the clip once had a hooked part to it - now just the flat
part remains. The clip part is 2 3/4 inches across and the entire
piece is 6 inches tall. $145.US.
EA2499. There are two low silver antique pendants hee -
with tools on them - from Afghanistan. Pendant #1 is 4 7/8 inches
tall and nicely decorated. $68.US. Pendant #2
is 3 inches tall and set with a red glass stone. It has
tweezers in the middle. $48.US. (#1 is sold)
EA2503. There is a variety of antique silver pieces from
Afghanistan here. #1 is a gilded pendant set with a
carnelian. It is 2 1/16 inches tall.
$28.US. #2 is 3 3/4 inch long pendant set with
glass. $85.US. #3 is a triangular piece 1 7/8
inches tall and set with carnelian. $34.US. #4
is a very nice plump piece, almost the same on each side, but one has
an air-hole needed when an enclosed piece is heated by soldering.
$35.US. #5 looks more like a Moroccan pendant but it
came out of Afghanistan. It is set with glass and 1 5/8 inches
tall. $28.US. (#1, #2 & #3 are sold)
EA2504. Here are some great antique silver beads from
Afghanistan. Because the sheets of silver are thin and the beads
have been worn for years some have dents and bumps in them. I
have tried to show the least perfect side of the beads. Bead #1
is 2 1/2 inches long - $52.US. Bead #2 is 2 3/8
inches long - $34.US. Bead #3 is 2 1/4 inches long -
$28.US. Bead #4 is 2 5/8 inches long -
$52.US. Bead #5 is 3 3/8 inches long -
$90.US. Bead #6 is 2 1/2 inches long -
$48.US. (#1, #2, #3, #4 & #6 are sold)
EA2505. The group of beads beginning in EA2504 above
continues here. Bead #1 is 2 1/8 inches long -
$48.US. Bead #2 is 1 7/8 inches long -
$38.US. Bead #3 is 1 7/8 inches long -
$32.US. Bead #4 is 2 1/4 inches long -
$45.US. Bead #5 is 2 3/8 inches long -
$35.US. Bead #6 is 2 1/4 inches long -
$48.US. (#1, #2, #3, #4 & #6 are sold, the others are available)
EA2507. Here is a group of 4 heavy antique silver beads
from Afghanistan. Bead #1 is 2 3/4 inches long -
$102.US. Bead #2 is 2 1/2 inches long -
$88.US. Bead #3 is 2 3/8 inches long -
$72.US. Bead #4 is 2 1/2 inches long - $112.US.
EA2510. This antique silver pendant is from
Afghanistan. It has a hole in the side that was necessary to let
out air as the piece was soldered. The pendant is 2 1/2 inches
tall - $115.US.
EA2511. This fat, large holed antique silver bead is 1 1/2
inches tall. When looking at it from above the bead itself is 1
1/2 inches in diameter. If you include the dangles at the sides
the diameter is just under 2 inches across. I only have one of
EA2512. These antique silver amulets each have a red glass
stone up by the hanging loops. They average 2 inches from end to
end. $64.US/each amulet. (#6 is sold)
EA2513. Amulet #1 is 3 5/8 inches from end to end and a
little on the heavy side. It opens at the end with the dangles
hanging from it. Strangely it just has 2 hanging loops across the
top that are in the middle and to one side. I assume that the cap
at the end was made when the original was lost which would have had the
third hanging loop. It is rather interesting this way.
$85.US. Amulet #2 is quite old and has been banged up quite
a lot over a long time. It does not open. It is 2 inches
wide. $55.US. Amulet #3 lost its original bead cap
at the end, and has a floral one to replace it with a bead stuck inside
it. The amulet is 2 5/8 inches across. $48.US.
EA2514. Amulet #1 is solid low grade antique silver with 3
hanging loops going across it. It is a very old worn piece
measuring 2 5/8 inches across and weighing 59.5 grams.
$175.US. Amulet #2 is low grade silver with a hollow
part inside. It does not open. Both of these pieces are
extremely worn from use. This one is 2 1/8 inch across.
18.1 grams. $54.US.
EA2515. The first piece here - pendant #1 is 2 3/8 inches
tall. $35.US. #2 is an earring measuring 2 5/8
inches tall and set with glass stones at the top of the bead - red and
green. $75.US. Pendant #3 is quite small, 1 3/8
inches tall. $24.US. (#1 & #3 are both sold)
EA2519. Strands are $12.US/each. (#1, #2, #3 & #5 are sold)
EA2520. Strands are $12.US/each. (#2, #3, #4 #5 & #6 are sold)
EA2521. Strands are $12.US/each. (#2, #3, #4 & #5 are sold)
EA2524. This antique bracelet was bought in Afghanistan
though it could have originated to the east. It is hollow silver
with little bits inside to give it a little noise when shaken - for
wearing while dancing I assume. There is a lot of interesting
decorative work on it as well as three glass stones (2 red, 1 green)
set into it. This is a small sized bracelet measuring 5 1/4
inches around on the inside. It will work for a wrist up to 5 1/2
inches but definitely not larger. The opening is 1 1/8 inches
wide. (74.6 grams) $145.US.
EA2525. This is my first necklace with Russian coins on
it. They are 10, 15 and 20 silver kopek dating in the mid to late
1800s. Many of them are very worn so you have to look very
careful to read the dates & writing. The largest coin is 7/8
inch across and the smallest 5/8 inch across. The chain is 32
inches around and the piece weighs 117 grams. $310.US.
EA2528. I don't usually sell brand new items but I thought
these were just gorgeous so took all of the khamsas that the dealer had
to sell. These were made in Turkey, each different than the
others and all made of silver (some with a gold dip to it) set with
facet glass (or semi-precious stone) decorations... #1 is 2
inches tall including hanging loop. It has been toned with
gold. $65.US. #2 is 2 inches tall including hanging
loop and totally adorned. $75.US. #3 is 2 inches tall
including hanging loop. The central part remains the colour of
the silver. $65.US. #4 is a little over 1 1/2 inches
tall and gilded. $50.US. #5 is a little over 1 1/2
inches tall and gilded. $50.US. #6 is a little over 1
1/2 inches tall and gilded. $50.US. #7 is 1 1/4
inches tall - $40.US. (#5 is available, all of the others are sold)
EA2537. This is another heavy jet bead which I would
consider to be antique rather than ancient. It has two sets of
holes going through it and measures a little over 2 1/4 inches
long. There is no script on it and it must have been the divider
on a necklace. $65.US.
EA2543. These striped agate beads were thought to be
ancient (1000 plus years old) by the London UK dealer who originally
had them, but I believe they are actually antique (in the range of 100
yrs). They are beautiful beads with an excellent colour.
The strand is 21 inches long. $450.US.
EA2544. Here is an antique silver bead from Afghanistan
made into a pin. The end to end holes are still there so you
could still wind a cord through there for some inventive bead related
idea. The decorative parts of the pin have been worn almost
smooth by long wear. The pin is 3 7/8 inches long, 1 inch wide at
the centre and 5/16 inch thick. 28grams. $115.US.
EA2545. I have two pairs of earrings here, both made of
antique Islamic coins which were holed long ago. I do not hole
antique/ancient coins myself but they were often done in the past to
create jewellery, to hammer somewhere as a lucky charm, or to thread
together to carry easier. The smaller coins (#1) are 11/15 inch
across and larger, depending in which direction one measures.
Coins #2 are an inch across. They both have niobium earwires
(green) which do not react with the skin so can be worn by
anyone. Earrings #1 - $85.US. Earrings #2 - $115.US. (#2 is sold)
EA2547. I have a mixed group of pendants here. #1 is
a piece from a grooming set. The piece including chain is 3 7/8
inches long. $35.US. Pendant #2 is just under 1
inch across. $18.US. Pendant #3 is a silver case with
an agate stone set into it. It is worn on one side but still
strong for wearing. The amulet is just under 1 1/4 inches
across. $50.US. #4 is an antique pendant 1 1/2 inches
across. It has two hanging loops and a tiny blue glass stone set
in the middle. $40.US. #5 is an antique silver
pendant from India - 1 5/16 inches across. $38.US. (#2, #3, #4 & #5 are sold)
EA2548. There are 7 different silver pieces here with
different origins. Pendant #1 from India is 1 1/2 inches
tall. $35.US. Pendant #2 is stamped with a
design and made like a tube with a covered top with stringing
ring. The bottom is open. The pendant is 1 7/8 inches tall
plus hanging loop. $40.US. Pendant #3 is 1 3/16
inches tall. It is set with a red Bohemian glass bead.
$22.US. Pendant #4 is from Afghanistan. It is 1
1/8 inches wide. $28.US. Pendant #5 is from
India. This is an amethyst set in silver with a wire going
through it with a loop at each end for stringing. The amethyst is
3/4 inch in diameter. $45.US. #6 is from India
and has script on it. It is 1 inch tall from top of stringing
loop to bottom of pendant. $25.US. #7 is a
small hollow box from India that measures 7/8 inches tall. $18.US. (#1, #2, #3, #4 & #5 are sold)
EA2549. There is a small variety of silver beads
here. The sattelite shaped one is 7/8 inch in diameter.
EA2552. Strand #1 is 3 3/4 inches across in the
photo. The piece on the chain is 4 3/4 inches long from end to
end. 12.2grams $50.US. Strand #2 is
actually a group of North African pieces. The strand measures 4
3/4 inches across in the photo. The longest piece is 1 5/8 inches
tall. 9.3grams. $75.US.
EA2559. This is a silver pin from Oman. The Omani
markets are full of new pieces so it is a pleasure to have a heavy
substantial antique pin. The circular part at the top has a
radius of 2 1/16 inches. The pin from top to bottom is 4 1/4
inches tall. The chains at the bottom all hold bells which will
make noise any time the wearer takes a step. This is a very
memorable piece. $355.US.
EA2560. Here is a great variety of antique silver beads
from Afghanistan and area. I find the combination a real
delight. Originally EA2560 & EA2561 were one strand but quite
heavy so I cut it in two. I didn't change the arrangement of the
beads though, this is exactly how they were when I bought them.
This strand is 15 3/4 inches long. It's a treasure trove.
EA2562. There are two antique strands of good silver beads
here. Strand #1 is 11 1/2 inches long. They are quite
heavy. (63grams) $315.US. Strand #2 is even
heavier, solid silver cornerless cube beads. The strand is 14
inches long with beads averaging 1/4 inch square.
(91.6grams) $458.US. (#2 is sold)
EA2563. This type of silver ornaments are generally used on
clothing, hats, adornments. They all have stringing holes so can
be attached to fabric or other materials. Group #1 are square and
moustache shaped. (17.8grams) $89.US. Group #2
are round pieces. (14.2grams) $72.US. Group #3
are round as well. (13.8grams) $70.US. (#1 & #3 are sold)
EA2568. These three strands of antique silver beads were
previously one. I thought it would be more practical to offer
shorter strands. Strand #1 is 17 inches long. The beads
average 5/16 inch in diameter. (36.6grams)
$183.US. Strand #2 is 21 inches long. (36.8
grams) $184.US. Strand #3 is 14 inches long.
(23.2grams) $116.US. (#3 is sold)
EA2570. These two strands of antique silver beads were
originally one strand. Shorter strands are often more
practical. Strand #1 is 18 inches long. (43grams)
$215.US. Strand #2 is 20 inches long (53 grams) $265.US. (#2 is sold)
EA2573. Two amulets are illustrated here, both worn as
protection of the body and the soul. Necklace #1 has an 1862
silver coin measuring 1 3/16 inch across. The cord is 8 1/2
inches on each side and knots in the back. $65.US.
Amulet #2 has a nice sized amulet with bells covering it, but they
don't have ringers in them so are very quiet. The amulet is 2
inches across and 1 1/2 inches tall. The multicoloured cords
extend 8 3/4 inches on each side. $120.US. (#2 is sold)
EA2576. This ring has an attractive square of red glass in
it, with something like aluminum behind it to make it shine a little
extra. The face of the ring is 1 inch square, and the size of the
ringband is 9. $40.US.
EA2577. There are two very attractive carnelian rings
here. Ring #1 is a size 7.5. Ring #2 is a size
7. They are $45.US/each. (#2 is sold)
EA2579. This is a very large antique pendant/amulet from
India. It measures 3 1/2 inches across. I see mostly modern
copies now that are very convincing. The ones that I am selling
are genuinely old and worn though. $248.US.
EA2580. Four pendants/amulets are illustrated here.
Pendant #1 is 2 1/4 inches across - $98.US. Pendant #2 is 1
1/8 inch tall - $18.US. Pendant #3 is 1 5/8 inches tall -
$42.US. Pendant #4 is 2 inches tall - $64.US.
EA2582. Here is a pendant from Afghanistan which is 9 1/2
inches tall. (59.2grams) This has many bells on the chains
but they remain reasonably quiet, clunking a little instead of
ringing. There is a hanging loop at the top. $236.US.
EA2583. The stone in this pendant is brilliant magenta, not
as faded as it appears in the photo. This pendant is 5 1/2 inches
tall. The chains are very dense and the bells ring against each
other with the slightest movement. This hangs
beautifully... (75.2grams) $290.US.
This group of three silver antique pendants from Afghanistan is being
sold together. The large pendant is 2 5/8 inches
EA2586. All of the silver discs here have loops (as
buttons) on the back except fot the the large one with a hanging loop
at each side. The large one has a diameter of 1 1/8 inches - the
loops are extra. The group is being sold together.
EA2587. These are all pieces that were bought in
Afghanistan though a couple might have been made in India. The
cone shaped bead that you can see in the preview image is 1 3/8 inches
long. Some of the beads are quite heavy. The group is
EA2591. These three coins are all antique and have been
used in jewellery in the past. I have not identified them but
they all have Islamic script on them. Coin #1 is 9/16 inch
across, is ancient, and has two stringing holes in it.
$25.US. Coin #2 is 1 1/16 inches across, is ancient,
and has two stringing holes in it. $60.US. Coin
#3 is 5/8 inch across, is antique and has one stringing hole.
EA2592. Here are four lovely tubular decorated silver beads
from Afghanistan. Together they are 6 3/4 inches
EA2594. There are two small Afghan pendants
here. Amulet #1 has a crystal bead inside, and silver caps
and stringing loop. It is 1 1/8 inches tall including hanging
loop. $35.US. Amulet #2 is an agate stone set in
silver. It is 1 1/8 inches tall. $38.US. (#1 is sold)
EA2596. This necklace is from Iran and has a group of
Iranian/Persian coins acting as pendants. Hanging loops have been
soldered onto them, and decorative pieces with red glass stones have
been attached. This is coin metal and cannot be polished to be
bright so it has a slightly laid back more subtle look to it. The
entire necklace is 23 inches around. The large coins are 1 1/4
inches in diameter. The bow design in the middle is 2 1/4 inches
across. This is an unusual and interesting piece.
EA2598. This pendant from Afghanistan is hung from a loop
at the back. It measures 3 3/4 inches tall and the widest part is
1 1/3 inches across. The piece is set with coloured glass pieces
with a few missing - lost over the years. $85.US.
EA2602. This antique silver gilted button from Afghanistan
is a little over 1 3/8 inches across. You can actually slip it into a buttonhole. The back part is a
coin. A piece of facet green glass is set in the center - $35.US.
EA2604. This fat pendant is a little over 1 1/2 inches
tall, 1 5/15 inches wide and 1/2 inch at the thickest. This is an
amulet and one side can open so that you can put something secretive or
protective inside. The dangles make a tiny bit of noise when
EA2606. There are two silver pendants from Afghanistan
here, almost matching. One has dangles on the side and the other
one doesn't but the bottom dangles are very similar. #1 is 4 7/8
inches tall and 2 7/8 inch at the widest. Pendant #1 -
$128.US. Pendant #2 - $118.US.
EA2607. These two antique silver pendants are similar with
details that differ. They do look great together though and make
a light noise when the dangles shimmer while moving. Pendant #1
has the decorations on one side and is 3 3/8 inches tall -
$98.US. Pendant #2 has decorations on both sides and is 3
1/8 inches tall - $90.US.
EA2608. This antique silver amulet pendant is 3 3/4 inches
tall and 2 1/2 inches wide. It has great pendants at the bottom
like unfinished discs. $97.US.
EA2609. This is a traditional antique silver pendant from
India with the foot image on them. It is 1 7/8 inches
EA2611. I love this style of hollow beads from
Afghanistan. They are antique silver so have been attractively
worn and smoothed. The circle around 9 inches or so and the beads
average 3/4 inch in length and 5/8 inch in width. They have very
large stringing holes. $250.US.
EA2614. Here is a bunch of antique silver pendants
averaging a little less than 5/8 in length. I don't know how many
there are, they are simply priced by weight. $275.US.
EA2616. Here is the makings of a necklace. There are
the double beads, and a heavy "S" clasp so you just need to string them
together with the clasp to shut them. Perhaps an interesting
pendant or pendants could be added. When the beads are lined up
they are 18 1/2 inches long. The clasp is over an inch. The
fattest beads are over 3/4 inch in diameter. $400.US.
EA2624. This antique bronze piece is used as a stamp onto
paper or fabric. The ink coats the printing side and it is
pressed onto the material. There is script hand formed across
this 4 7/8 inch long piece. The hanging loop stands 1 1/4 inches
I have two groups in this listing from Afghanistan. The two
silver discs with domes in #1 are a little over 1 1/8 inches across
plus loops. $46.US. Group #2 has little
silver bells with no ringers inside. The long bead to the left
is 1 7/8 inches tall. $48.US.
EA2670. These silver pieces are all from Afghanistan.
Group #1 has pendants averaging 1 1/4 inches in length.
$65.US. Group #2 is made up of silver caps to be used
over beads or as parts of pendants. They average 3/4 inch in
height. $45.US. (#1 is sold)
EA2671. Here are two antique silver traditional pendants
from India. Although they are both different, they are sold as a
pair at a reduced price. The one in the preview photo on the left
is 1 1/4 inches wide and slightly over 1 1/4 inch tall.
EA2673. This sterling silver woven necklace from India is
19 inches long and 5/16 inch (8mm) in diameter. The necklace is
quite heavy and substantial and weighs 181 grams. $560.US.
EA2676. I had a group of protective khamsas (also known as
a hamsa or Hand of Fatima) listed previously at EA2528
but most are sold. Here is an additional group, some of them
quite elaborate. (I don't usually sell brand new items but I
these were just gorgeous so took all of the khamsas that the dealer had
to sell) These were made in Turkey, each different than the
others and all made of silver (some with a gold dip to it) set with
facet glass (or semi-precious stone) decorations... #1 is 2
1/4 inches tall including the hanging loop. The facet red stones
are the colour of rubies - $85.US. #2 is 2 inches tall with
a ruby coloured facet stone on it - $75.US. #3 is 2
1/4 inches tall with the facet stones the colours of emeralds and
rubies. $85.US. #4 is 1 3/4 inches tall - $55.US.
#5 is 1 1/2 inches tall - $50.US. #6 is 1 3/4 inches tall
- $55.US. #7 is 1 3/4 inches tall - $55.US.
EA2677. This group of silver pendants from Iran is
temporarily strung on a cloth cord. The central pendant is 2
inches tall and 1 1/2 inches wide. They are all covered in
Islamic script typically speaking words of peace and unity. This
can be worn as is. $135.US.
EA2682. This collection of ancient jet Islamic beads is no
longer properly strung. The new owner will have to begin from the
beginnings. Strung as it is (double stringing) it measures 9 1/2
inches across. The diamond shaped beads average 5/8 inch in
height. Most of the beads are patterned on each side with dots or
with Islamic script. This is the foundation of something
EA2683. I have four traditional beads here made of ancient
jet in Iran. Bead #1 is 1 1/4 inches across and has Islamic
script on 3/4 of it - $45.US. Bead #2 is slightly over 1
inch across and has Islamic script all of the way around -
$40.US. Bead #3 is 1 inch across and has Islamic script on
two sides - $40.US. Bead #4 is a little over 3/4 inch
across with script along one side - $25.US. (all are now sold)
EA2684. These rich black coloured beads are made from
ancient jet in Iran. They are all inscribed with Islamic script
on their top sides and have a stringing hole going through the
middle. Bead #1 is just under 7/8 inch across -
$28.US. Bead #2 is 7/8 inch across and more than 1/2 inch
tall - $35.US. Bead #3 is an 8 sides bead with Islamic script on
one side. It has a fat hole going through it - $75.US.
Bead #4 is 1 3/16 inches across and 3/4 inch tall with
Islamic script going around and around - $110.US. (#1, #2 & #3 are sold, #4 is available)
EA2685. These dark black ancient jet beads (I could not do
them justice in the photos) are inscribed with Islamic script - made in
Iran. Bead #1 is a small disc 11/16 inch across with a hole
in the middle - $18.US. Bead #2 is slightly wonky shaped
with a stringing hole across the top of the diamond. It is worn
on one side and has Islamic script on one side - $18.US.
Bead #3 is a fat rectangle with script on one side. It is just
under 5/8 inch long - $24.US. Bead #4 has stringing holes
at each end and script on one side. The piece is 1 3/4 inches by
5/8 inch. - $38.US. (#1, #3 & #4 are sold)
two strands of antique natural
coral beads originated in the Ukraine but wound up in the East where
the love of coral is a long tradition. The colour is a true rich
coral colour that I could not capture in the photos. Strand
#1 is 22 inches long. The largest bead at the front is 3/8 inch
in diameter. They graduate to 1/8 across at the very back.
$252.US. Strand #2 is 21 1/2 inches in length. The
largest bead is 3/8 inch in diameter. The beads vary in size and
colour on this strand. $278.US. (#1 is sold, #2 is available)
three strands of antique natural
coral beads originated in the Ukraine but wound up in the East where
the love of coral is a long tradition.
The colour is a rich coral colour that I could not capture in the
photos. Strand #1 is 22 1/2 inches long with the fattest
bead being 7/16 inch in diameter. I do like the black bits and
pieces on them showing the original surface of the natural coral.
$385.US. Strand #2 is 22 inches long with the largest bead
being 7/16 inch in diameter. It also has the black spotting
remaining from the surface of the original coral branches.
$345.US. Strand #3 is 22 inches long with a slightly more
peachy coral colour to it. The largest bead is 7/16 inch in
diameter. $352.US. (#1 & #3 are sold, #2 is available)
two strands of antique natural
coral beads originated in the Ukraine but wound up in the East where
the love of coral is a long tradition.
The colour is a rich coral colour that I could not capture in the
photos. Strand #1 is 20 inches long with beads at the front
averaging 1/4 inch in diameter. $275.US. Strand #2 is
20 inches long with beads at the front averaging 1/4 inch in
diameter. $276.US. (#2 is sold)
two strands of antique natural
coral beads originated in the Ukraine but wound up in the East where
the love of coral is a long tradition.
The colour is a rich coral colour that I could not capture in the
photos. Strand #1 is 23 inches long with the fattest bead being
3/8 inch in diameter. $460.US. Strand #2 is 22 inches
long and has a 10K gold clasp. The fattest bead at the front is
3/8 inch in diameter. $440.US.
EA2694. This group of antique silver beads came from the
Kuchi people of Afghanistan. Strand #1 is 16 1/2 inches
long. $110.US. Strand #2 is 12 inches long with the
beads having a diameter of 3/8 inch. $136.US. Strand
#3 are hollow tubular beads with ends on them. They are slightly
over 6 inches long. $58.US. (#2 is sold)
EA2696. There are four groups of antique silver pieces from
the Kuchi people of Afghanistan here. These are really quite
stunning beads in group #1. The beads go for about 7 inches plus
there is a bead a little over 1 1/2 inches long hanging like a
pendant. The diameter of the largest open work bead is 3/4
inch. $212.US. Group #2 is a little over 8 inches
long. These are beautifully made and quite light weight.
$106.US. Group #3 is a mixed bunch. The biggest bead
is 1 3/4 inches long. $88.US. Group #4 is all cone
shaped and paired up. The heavy strand is a little over 10 inches
long. $135.US. (#2 is sold)
EA2699. These two great antique silver beads from
Afghanistan are quite wonderful and more rare all of the time.
One is 3 1/4 inches long and the other is 3 3/8 inches long. The
diameter in the middle is 1 1/4 inches across. The other two
beads are an attractive accompaniment. $210.US.
EA2700. There are four groups of antique silver pendants
from the Kuchi region of Afghanistan here. Group #1 average 1
inch long or a tiny bit under. $40.US. Group #2
average 3/4 to 7/8 inch in length. $94.US. Group #3
are about 13/16 inch in length. $65.US. Group #4 are
the traditional heart shapes averaging 7/8 to 1 inch in length.
$142.US. (#1, #2 & #4 are sold)
EA2701. Here are two groups of antique silver pendants from
the Kuchi region of Afghanistan. Group #1 are heavy pendants
averaging 7/8 inch or a little longer in length. If a customer
wants half of the group I can always cut it and divide.
$300.US. Group #2 average 1/2 inch or a little bit less in
EA2702. I have two groups of antique silver pendants
here. Group #1 are mostly discs 7/8 inch across and 3/16 inch
thick. $108.US. Group #2 are gilded pendants with
beautiful intricate designs stamped into the front. They are 1
1/2 inches wide and 2 1/8 inches tall. Just gorgeous.
$138.US/3 pendants (#2 is sold, #1 is available)
EA2703. Group #1 are two triangular necklace/bracelet
ends. There is one hole at the narrow end and two at the
other. They measure 1 3/8 by 1 1/4 inch and 3/16 inches
thick. $64.US. Group #2 - I really like the combo of
these pieces. The flat decorative pendants have glass pieces that
are redder than in the photo and are much more attractive. The
pendants are 1 3/4 inches tall and 1 1/4 inches wide. The longer
beads are a little more than 1 3/8 inches long. $198.US. (group #2 is sold)
EA2707. This round silver Kuchi container has a hook on it
to keep it closed. It has a curvy piece at the top (you can see
it on the left) to use as a hanging loop. The container is 1 1/4
inches in diameter. With the hanging piece included the entire
pendant is 2 1/8 inches tall. $86.US.
EA2708. Here is a gorgeous Turkman (Turkoman, Turkmen)
antique silver piece (most likely originally used on a head-dress)
studded with flat cut carnelians. The piece is a little over 13
inches across and 2 3/4 inches tall. This could be adapted as
part of a necklace. $460.US.
EA2711. These two antique strands of constructed silver
beads are from the Kazak people in Afghanistan. It is a quite
complex procedure to build these with a hammered top and bottom and
then a wall constructed around them. Strand #1 is 19 inches long
and the beads are 3/4 inch across and 3/16 inches thick.
$208.US. Strand #2 is 20 inches long and the beads are 3/4
inch across and 3/16 inches thick. $216.US. (#1 is sold)
EA2712. This nicely worn size 9.5 antique silver ring is from Afghanistan. $68.US.
EA2716. This is an interesting vintage silver amulet that
has a tube through it to use as a stringing hole from one end to the
other of the piece. The amulet is 3 3/8 inches long and slightly
more than 1 inch in diameter. The cap comes off one side so that
you can slip something important inside. (30 grams)
EA2717. This is quite a heavy chain measuring 31 inches
long with a coin dangling from one end. I don't know what grade
of silver it is but I assume it is a small percentage of the mix.
The coin is Indo-Chine Francaise - it is hard to see the date but it
looks like 1926. The coin is 1 1/8 inches across. This is
waiting for an interesting project. (113.8 grams)
These antique hammered square silver boxes from the Kuchi people of
Afghanistan are great for bracelets - they all have a double set of
stringing holes and work on necklaces too. The group in #1
are 9/16 inch square and 3/16 inch tall. The strand is 18 inches
long. $285.US. (82.8grams) The squares in
group #2 are just under 5/8 inches square and slightly under 1/4 inch
tall. The squares measure 5 1/2 inches long. $115.US.
EA2720. This is a gorgeous silver antique Afghani strand
from the Kuchi people. It includes beads decorated with glass
gems as well as other decorations. The strand is 23 inches long
plus a 1 1/4 inch long pendant in the center. $425.US
EA2721. There are four groups of matching long beads, plus
an extra one made into a central pendant. The dangles hanging
from the beads are in 3 different styles. The strand goes 13
inches around and the hanging bead in the front is 2 inches
tall. $285.US (80.6grams)
EA2722. There are two antique silver necklace pieces here -
they just need chains or attachments at the back to complete them for
wearing. These are from the Kuchi people of Afghanistan who love
all of the decorative touches and the light jangling when being
worn. Necklace #1 is 13 inches across. The central piece
has small pieces of blue glass decorating it. $185.US
Necklace #2 is 12 inches across with pieces hanging 1 5/8 inches
long. $180.US. (#1 is sold)
EA2723. Here is a gorgeous group of 5 antique silver beads
from the Kuchi people of Afghanistan. The longest bead is 2 3/8
inches long and the diameter is just under 1 3/8 inches across.
This is a beautiful collection of beads that are becoming more rare to
EA2724. There are two groups of silver coins turned into
pendants coming from the Kuchi people of Afghanistan. In
group #1 the coins are from 1913 to 1919. The coins
themselves are 1 3/16 inch across while the pendants themselves are 1
5/8 inches tall including the hanging loops. These are sold
as a group of 4 for $225.US. The coins in group #2 are sold
separately. The coins are 1 3/16 inches across. Including
the hanging loops they are 1 5/8 inches tall. The circular floral decorations added onto the coins are great. $57.US/each coin.
EA2725. There are 3 antique silver Kuchi pendants from
Afghanistan here. Pendant #1 is 2 3/16 inches tall and 2 3/8
inches across at the widest. It is beautifully decorated.
$95.US. Pendants #2 and #3 are very similar, both decorated
with a thin coating of gold on the decorated/hammered section.
They are 2 3/4 inches tall including dangles, and 1 3/4 inches
wide. $100.US/each pendant. (#2 is sold)
EA2726. Here is a group of heart shaped pendants.
They average a little over 3/4 inches long. The group is
EA2728. These three silver rings from the Kuchi
people of Afghanistan look like antique ones but I suspect they are
contemporary pieces. The glass stones are a great bright magenta
colour and blue glass stones have been used for extra decoration on the
sides. Ring #1 is a size 9.5. Ring #2 is a size
8.5. Ring #3 is a size 10. $65.US/each
ring. (#2 is sold)
EA2729. There are three antique silver pairs of earrings
from the Kuchi people of Afghanistan here. Earrings #1 and #2 are
very similar and have long pieces to hang behind the ear - these are
great in the winter as they won't easily get caught in scarves and
pulled out. They measure about 1 7/8 inch in the front. The
backs vary. These are $26.US each. Earrings #3 are
antique silver hoops measuring 1 7/8 inch from top to bottom.
$34.US. (#1 is sold)
EA2730. This is a strand of antique silver Kazak beads from
Afghanistan. It is a huge amount of tricky work to attach these
circles into a round ball since when they are being soldered, other
bits can be un-soldered... I love the way that wear smooths
them. The strand is 11 inches around with 2 attached
bead/pendants that are a little over 1 inch long.
EA2731. This is a 30 inch long strand of antique silver
double beads from Turkoman, Afghanistan. This gorgeous nicely
coloured strand is $590.US. I can separate the strand into
half, exactly down the middle for $295.US/each half.
EA2733. Here is a lovely pair of antique silver bracelets
from Turkoman, Afghanistan. The bracelet is 2 1/4 inches by 1 3/4
inches across with a 1 1/4 inch wide opening. They could be very
gently adjusted preferably by a jeweller who knows how to work with
antique silver. The bracelets are 1 3/8 inches tall at the front
and a little over 1 1/4 inch at the back. $265.US for the pair.
EA2734. These antique silver Kuchi earrings from
Afghanistan are 4 1/2 inches tall from top of earring wire to bottom of
dangles. They are decorated with red and green facet glass
pieces. The earrings are fairly heavy at 39.7 (missing one chain
at the back) and 45 grams each. They jingle very quietly and
lightly when one walks. $145.US.
EA2736. Here are two glass multi stranded bead necklaces
from India. They have tiny brass pendant decorations and the red
is a deeper colour than in the photo. Necklace #1 has four
strands of red whiteheart beads and is 26 inches around.
$55.US. Strand #2 has two strands of red whiteheart beads
and is 28 inches around with one strand shorter than the other.
$35.US. (#2 is sold)
EA2738. I have five strands of antique silver beads from
Afghanistan. Strand #1 is 38 inches around -
$192.US. Strand #2 is 37 inches around -
$166.US. Strand #3 is 37 inches around -
$168.US. Strand #4 is 34 inches around -
$166.US. Strand #5 is 37 inches around - $158.US.
EA2739. Here is a vintage bracelet from India featuring
Ganesh (Ganesha, Ganapati) who will hopefully bring success to the
wearer. The 3 brass pieces are 1 1/8 inch by 1 1/4 inch and set
into silver. The bracelet is 7 1/2 inches around and closes with
a silver hook. This is quite heavy and sturdy. $225.US.
EA2740. This is a great vintage silver necklace from India,
very well made and different on each side. The necklace is 16 1/2
inches around and the connecting pieces are just under 5/8 inch
wide. One side of the necklace has a row of circles along it, and
the other side has symbols from a deck of playing cards - a modern
touch to a traditional design. The piece sits very nicely around
a slender neck. $355.US.
EA2741. This silver amulet necklace with elements from
India came from a collector who highly polished it. I prefer a
little more patina myself, but that comes over time no matter
what. The necklace is 18 inches around and the amulets are 1 3/4
inches wide. This was put together by the collector so is not in
a traditional format. $215.US.
EA2742. Here is an attractive, delicate, vintage silver
bracelet from India. It has a hinge and can be opened to put on
so a close fit is comfortable. The bracelet is decorated with red
and green glass stones. The inside of the bracelet is 2 1/8 inch
in diameter so your wrist cannot be any wider than that. This is
very nicely made and east to put on. $125.US.
EA2744. Here is a group of pendants from India. #1 is
slightly over 2 inches tall. $38.US. #2 is 2
inches tall. $46.US. #3 is 1 7/8 inches
tall. $46.US. #4 is 1 3/4 inches tall.
$42.US. #5 is 1 3/6 inches tall. $56.US.
EA2745. This is an antique silver pendant from India
portraying Tirupati Balaji, a Hindu lord. When I googled his name
I found a number of stories and temples but I don't know about him
otherwise. I was charmed by the pendant itself. The piece
is 3 1/4 inches tall and 2 3/8 inches wide. $245.US.
EA2746. Here is a silver antique pendant from India.
It has a smile-like curve to it with an opening for attachment at each
end. It is 4 inches across at the widest and 2 inches in
height. A very interesting piece with a spiral pattern travelling
around it. It is quite heavy. $140.US.
EA2748. There are two necklaces here from India.
Strand #1 has 24 inches of red whitehearts and 24 inches of white
beads. It is closed with a silver 2 annas coin from
1888. Strand #2 is the same size as #1 and closed
with a silver 2 annas coin from 1901. $60.US/each strand.
This style of silver bracelet is shown in the middle of the page
on page 204 of the invaluable book "A World of Bracelets".
The author says "The crescent-shaped bracelet which is sometimes
intended for self-defense comes from Gujarat." This antique
bracelet is quite heavy at 176 grams. The widest part of the
bracelet is 3 1/2 inches across. The inside of the bracelet is 2
inches by 1 5/8 inches across with a 1 3/8 inch wide opening.
This bracelet needs to fit very closely so that it doesn't fall
off. This came from a personal collection. $350.US.
EA2750. Strand #1 of these melon shaped antique Afghani
silverbeads is 4 7/8 inches (125mm) long and 5/8 inches (15mm) in
diameter. $116.US Strand #2 are solid (so heavy)
cornerless cube antique silver beads that are 6 1/2 inches
(158mm) long and just under 3/8 inch (10mm) in diameter.
$210.US (#1 is sold)
EA2751. There are two groups of these pendants. The
antique silver pendants from Afghanistan are 3/4 inches (19mm)
long. Strand #1has 29 pendants. $145.US Strand #2 has 23
EA2752. These antique pendants from Afghanistan are quite
unusual. They have big stringing holes and are 3/4 inches (19mm)
long. They are quite worn and have an intrigueing look to them.
Strand #1has 10 pendants. $115.US. Strand #2 has 9
EA2753. These antique hammered square silver boxes from the Kuchi people of
Afghanistan are great for bracelets - they all have a double set of
stringing holes and work on necklaces too. Group #1
is 8 1/2 inches long. (21.5cm) $155.US. Group #2 is 9
1/2 inches (24.2cm) long. $160.US. Group #3 is 7 1/8
inches (18cm) long. $122.US.
EA2754. These groups of silver coins from India have been
made into pendants. They are from the late 1800s under the reign
of Queen Victoria. The coins including pendant loops are 13/16
inches tall. Group #1 is $95.US. Group #2 is $100.US.
EA2755. These groups of silver coins from India have been
made into pendants. They are from the reign of King Edward VII
and date in the first decade of 1900. Group #1 is $95.US.
Group #2 is $95.US.
EA2756. These are some great antique silver beads from
Afghanistan. I have only had this type once before. The
pattern on the beads makes them more distinctive and they mix well with
glass & stone beads. Strand #1 is over 31 inches long.
The fattest parts of the beads average just under 1/2 inch in
diameter. ($280.US) - this is now a half strand measuring 15 1/2 inches long for $140.US. Strand #2 is 14 inches long.
$128.US (#2 is sold, half of strand #1 is available)
EA2757. These three pendants are from India. Pendant #1 is
1 5/8 inches tall. Pendant #2 is 1 3/8 inches tall.
Pendant #3 is 1 1/4 inches tall. $16.US/each pendant
EA2758. This antique silver wrap bracelet from Afghanistan
is quite flexible so easy to squeeze tighter or relax a little.
The bracelet is 2 1/2 inches tall. The bracelet itself is 7
inches around at the top and 6 inches around on the bottom. That
does not take into account the space. $155.US.
EA2761. These two silver rings from Afghanistan are set
with facet glass stones. Ring #1 is a size 9.5. $28.US
Ring #2 is a size 8. $38.US.
EA2762. This antique silver ring from Afghanistan is set
with glass stones. It is a size 8.5. $45.US.
EA2763. This antiqued silver ring from Afghanistan has been
enamelled and set with a glass stone in the front. size 10.
EA2764. There are three very nicely coloured warm strands
of antique coral beads here. They are a better colour than the
photo illustrates. Each strand is very different than the others
- it is great to see their different personalities. They are made
as necklaces but I always recommend restringing, not knowing the
strength of the current cord that has been used. Strand #1 has a
mix of oval coral beads with brass rings. The seven lumpy beads
are a very attractive contrast. The entire necklace is 31 inches
around. The central coral bead is about 5/8 inch in
diameter. $355.US. Strand #2 is 32 inches around and
has a collection of antique coins on it. From their design they
look Turkish. The largest coins are 3/4 inch in diameter, and
they are all very thin. $480.US. Strand #3 includes
vintage sterling silver beads, two blue stones, and a piece of
turquoise. The necklace is 31 inches around. $375.US. (strand #3 is sold, strands #1 & #2 are available)
EA2765. These are all antique pendants from India.
There are many imitations of the antique ones, but these are all lovely
worn sterling silver pieces. To calculate sizes, pendant #3 is 2
5/8 inches tall and 1 7/8 inch at the widest. The prices are all
calculated by weight. Pendant #1 - $22.US.
Pendant #2 - $46.US. Pendant #3 - $55.US.
Pendant #4 - $36.US. Pendant #5 - $40.US.
Pendant #6 - $26.US. Pendant #7 - $36.US.
Pendant #8 - $50.US. Pendant #9 - $64.US.
Pendant #10 - $20.US. (pendant #3 is sold)
EA2766. This lovely cut and hammered Middle Eastern pendant
needs a cleaning. Somebody used a material to determine that it
is sterling silver, but did it on the FRONT of the piece, rather than
doing it on the back. It takes a good cleaning to take the dark
mark off. It will completely disappear though, and the pendant
will look beautiful strung up. The pendant is 3 3/8 inches
EA2767. Here is a collection of antique red whiteheart
beads. They are all tiny, but vary a little in size and darkness
of red. Here are the lengths: Strand #1 - 24".
Strand #2 - 24". Strand #3 - 22". Strand #4 -
24". Strand #5 - 24". Strand #6 -
24". Strand #7 - 20". Strand #8 -
24". Strand #9 - 22". Strand #10 -
24". Strand #11 - 21". Strand #12 -
36". Strand #13 - 69". Strand #14 - 44".
Strands #1 - #11 are $10.US/each. Strand #12 is $15.US, Strand #13 is $30.US, Strand #14 is $18.US.
EA2285. Here are some typical Turkoman silver beads.
The old ones like these are becoming more rare as time passes.
#1 is a single bead which looks like three and is 3 inches wide -
$62.US #2 is a pendant 1 3/8 inches long - $22.US #3 is a
longer pendant of slightly over 1 1/2 inches in length - $30.US
#4 is about 12 1/3 inches long with all of the beads being made out of
two joined ones. They have a great worn smoothed feel to them. -
$156.US (#4 is available, the others are sold)
EA2297. #1 - This graceful pendant has a beautifully
etched floral design on it. It is (including hanging loops) 3 3/4
inches tall and the widest part is 3 inches. $162.US #2 is
a pendant from the same area of Afghanistan, close to Iran. It
has beads attached which made a perfect necklace. Right now it
just ties at the back but a hook closure could be easily added.
The pendant itself is 3 1/2 inches tall, and the strand of beads
is just under 22 inches long, with much of it a double strand - $310.US
(#1 is sold, #2 is available)
EA2301. $45.US size 9.5
EA2307. group of hammered silver pendants with Arabic
writing on them - measuring 1 1/4 inches tall. The colour in the
photo is a little deceptive as they are silver coloured. $135.US
EA2247. This is quite a heavy antique pendant as it is
solid silver (68 grams). The outer pendants are nicely worn but
their strength has not been affected, it is just a sign of the fact
that this piece had been worn for a long time. I don't have an
interpretation of the Islamic writing on it yet, but good wishes are
always the main thing being asked for... The pendant is 2 3/8
inches tall (including hanging loops) and 2 7/8 inches wide. It
is very impressive. $255.US
EA2254. This is a newly made silver ring from Thailand.
It echoes rings of the past as you can see on page 172 of "A
World of Rings". It is beautifully made and would sit quite
wonderfully as a pendant. The ring size is quite large - a 12,
and the ring measures 2 1/8 inches from one end to the other.
EA2041. This is an elaborate Kazak pendant covered with
silver squiggles and floral patterns, as well as hung with pendants.
There is interesting work on all parts of this 5 3/8 inch wide
piece. From top of hanging loop to bottom of pendants the pendant
measures 6 1/3 inches tall. I love the way this pendant sits when
it is close to the neck - the triangle sits nicely on the upper chest
and looks very dramatic. 81grams. $185.US.
EA2044. This pair of elaborate pendants is from the Kazak
tribes of Afghanistan. The double amulets are quite wonderful - -
these are elaborately made with great detail. The pendants are
hung with real coral and make a sweet sound when walking. They do
hang nicely - I left one messy when I took the photo but it doesn't
hang like that. The amulets are 3 3/4 inches wide and the pieces
are 5 3/8 inches tall. This is quite unusual. $205.US/each
pendant. (#1 is available, #2 is sold)
EA2045. These two amulet pendants are from the Kazak
tribes of Afghanistan. As typical they are highly decorated on
all sides. These are highly impressive in their detail and
texture. The pieces are 8 3/4 inches tall and 3 1/2 inches wide.
Sold separately, they are $275.US/each pendant.
EA2064. Here is a whole group of pairs of the double
beads - two beads soldered together with a tube in between...
Most of the pairs are very similar to each other, but on some
there is a little contrast as well. #1 is a variety of sizes
longest being 1 3/4 inches long - 26.7grams - $66.US. #2
is 1 7/8 inches long - 21.2grams - $53.US. #3 is 1 9/16
inches long - 10.7grams - $27.US. #4 is 1 3/4 inches long
- 18.6grams - $46.US. (#4 is sold) #5 is 1 3/4 inches long - 18.6grams
- $46.US. (#5 is sold) #6 is 1 7/8 inches long - 18.7grams - $46.US.
(#6 is sold) (#1 is available)
EA2065. These are excellent silver beads averaging about
1 3/8 inches long. Even though they are hollow, they are quite
heavy which is why I divided the one strand into three. Strand
#1 is 13 inches long - 83.6grams - $209.US. (#1 is sold) Strand #2 is
13 1/2 inches long - 71.4grams - $178.US. Strand #3 is 14
1/2 inches long - 73.4grams - $183.US. (#3 is available, the rest are sold)
EA2125. This is the most expensive strand of 12th Century
jet that I have had for sale partly because of its weight and also
because the types of beads are highly collectible and very difficult to
find. I was thinking that there might not be another chance in
the future to see these beads and I wanted to spend a little time
looking them over and considering their history. The melon shapes
and the oval facet bead are really wonderful and very very old.
The pendant is huge - measuring 2 1/5 inches tall, 2 inches wide
and 3/4 inch thick. It is softly facetted on both sides.
The double holed beads at the top have circles patterned into
them and sit very nicely as a contrast to the others. This has
enough beads to be restrung properly as a necklace. There are 15
inches of beads plus pendant. This is really quite amazing.
EA2159. This is a bazuband from Afghanistan. It is
fairly new, maybe only 20 or 30 years old, but made in the same way as
the antique ones. The piece has loops at each end of the back so
that cords can go through and the bazuband can be tied to the upper
arm. The curve to it, and the hinges make it fit nicely against
the arm. It measures 5 1/3 inches long and 2 3/4 inches tall at
the tallest. $138.US.
EA2164. These are the Turkoman beads where each bead is
paired as two joined beads. There are 9 beads altogether with the
central bead being 1 1/4 inches long and 7/8 inches in diameter.
They add up to slightly over 14 inches long. $168.US.
EA2192. I have sold a few pipes from various areas simply
because they are so aesthetically attractive. This one is
sterling silver over a wooden form inside. It has been hammered
with fine designs and beautifully wrapped. I like the angle of
the stem against the upright pipe. It still has the slightest
tobacco smell to it. The Afghani pipe is 6 1/2 inches long and
the upright piece - 2 1/8 inches tall. $220.US.
EA2194. I am told by my Afghani dealer that this stamp
seal has the name of a chief of a village on it. The seal is made
of two hinged pieces so that it can hang or be folded flat. The
square part is 1 1/8 inches across. The "handle" is 1 3/16 inches
EA2211. Here are two plain teardrop shaped Islamic jet
beads - there is no writing on them but they are cut in attractive
shapes that would work well as centerpieces of necklaces. The
small one - #1 - is 1 3/16 inches tall. $25.US.
#2, the large one is 1 7/8 inches tall. $45.US.
EA2215. This 31 inch long strand of beads from Afghanistan is $315.US.
EA2226. There are two very interesting pendants here,
brought out of Afghanistan. Pendant #1 is nicely curved and has
two big loops at the back for stringing through. The piece has a
design cut into it which holds green and blue glass enamel.
$56.US. Pendant #2 is quite thick with a rectangle that measures
1 2/3 inches across. It is enamelled with a dark green, has a
shield shape in the middle and writing on it. There are two glass
stones above and teeth inserted below. $145.US. (#1 is sold, #2 is available)
EA2234. This end to end silver bead from Afghanistan has
been changed into a broach with a pin soldered onto the back. It
is 2 7/8 inches across. $75.US.
EA2237. Ring #1 - size 7.5 - $38.US. Ring #2
- size 10.5 (with glass cut stone) - $38.US. (#1 is sold, #2 is available)
coin (4 are remaining)
The secondary images of the rings below (EA1053
TO EA1059) are enlargements...
ring size 10 - $115.US.
ring size 10 - $115.US.
I need to find the description for these two pieces. I had
one in the past... quite rare. I will try and add it on the
weekend. The larger piece is $245.US. and the smaller piece
This is a Nagaland necklace type piece. It begins with a
piece of handwoven fabric 13 1/2 inches long and 6 inches wide.
Onto that is hung a brass piece which is 6 1/2 inches long.
It has two loops on the top so could be removed and used as a
heavy pendant. It is old, worn, and has three faces on it.
Below that, incised bone pendants are hung, and below them are
brass bells which have been beaded onto the piece. It has a cord
so that it can be hung around the neck. I think this is a great
display piece in your Naga collection. A valuable thing alongside
would be the book "The Nagas: Hill Peoples of Northeast India" -
full of photographs of the peoples and their hand made items.
EA1090. These beads are from somewhere in the Naga area.
They are nicely woven like a lace collar and are still strong and
wearable. When laid flat the piece is 34 inches around and hangs
3 1/4 inches long. It displays well, and is an interesting
piece to (carefully) wear as well. $275.US.
EA2005. Rings like this are often sold as
"antique". This is a new ring though, made in the old manner.
It is very beautiful, set in the front with a glowing orange
carnelian a little over 1/2 inch across and set with turquoise at the
side. The ring is 1 1/2 inches from back to front and decorated
on all parts. I can't find my ring sizer at the moment - so for
sizing, the interior of the ring is 3/4 of an inch across (size 9).
EA2019. There are three stone pieces from Iran here.
The first piece is a 2 inche long stone amulet in shades of grey
agate. It has two raised parts with small stringing holes going
through them. $85.US. #2 is a small piece of flat round
carnelian (3/4 inch across) set into silver. $30.US. #3 is
a good sized piece of cut agate set into bronze. It is 1 1/2
inches wide. It is an anciet piece that was once strung through a
hole across the top but that has broken long ago so the only way that
it could still be worn, was if it was set into a pendant. $85.US. (#2 is available)
EA2021. Pair of coins #1 - 5/8 inches across -
$45.US. Coin #2 with hole and with remains of pendant fastening.
7/8 inches across - $25.US. Coin #3 - Sassanian with the
emperor on one side and complex image on the other - 1 3/16 inches
across - $85.US. Coins #4 - seven coins ready for a bracelet or
necklace or earrings... $75.US. (#2 is available, the rest are sold)
EA2024. These antique metal pieces are made like horse
shoes. I don't imagine that they were actually used, but simply
used as good luck pieces. Luck is invoked around the world in
similar manners - and these are from Iran. The metal seems to be
bronze and has a rusty look to its patina. I think they would
make great pendants with a story to tell... They are a good
size, about 3 1/4 inches tall. $45.US/each (#1 is available)
EA1008. Here is a group
of good silver old beads from Afghanistan. They are very typical but
constanly more difficult to get. #1 is slightly less than 2 5/8 inches
long and is 1 inch in diameter - $62.US. #2 is 1 5/8 inches
long and quite heavy - $35.US. #3 is 1 3/4 inches long - $22.US.
#4 is slightly over 3 inches long with beads of 3/4 inch in diameter - $65.US.
Bells #5 - there are seven bells all showing quite a bit of wear from age
and use - $55.US. (#5 is available)
EA909. The first
item here is a group of silver bead caps - there are 8 of them, made for beads
with a diameter of 3/8 inch. #1 - $18.US. #2 has 34 silver bead
caps made for beads of 9/16 inch in diameter - $95.US. #3 is
a pair of silver pendants decorated with colourful glass. Each is different
than the other - they would make great eclectic earrings. $44.US.
(#2 is available)
EA912. There are
five items here, the first being a pair. This is all good silver, some
of them being gilded with gold as well. #1 is a pair of
pendants which are generally worn on clothing, one on each side of the chest.
These are decorated with carnelian, and each has two hanging loops on the
back. $145.US. #2 is 4 1/2 inches tall, gilded and decorated
with gilding. This has one hanging loop at the back but also can be
strung with the small holes around the top half. $65.US.
#3 has a hanging loop at the top. It is 4 5/8 inches tall and 1 7/8
inches wide. $62.US. #4 is decorated with glass - $32.US.
#5 has a triangular pendant which is about 1/5 inch thick. $55.US.
(#1 is available)
EA921. This is
a pair of pendants from Afghanistan - normally worn with one on each shoulder,
attached to the clothing. One still has the hooked piece attached to
it for fastening. The 2 1/2 inch long pieces still have some gilding
on them, and are decorated with very small red beads. The piece is over
1/4 inch thick and decorated the same way on each side. From top to
bottom they average 6 1/2 inches in length. $285.US/pair.
Islamic brass stamps with stringing holes - from Iran. #1 is $75.US.
#2 is $70.US. (#2 is available, #1 is sold)
EA968. Here is
a group of pendants from Iran, some with agate set into them, and the first
two with coins hanging from them. Items from Iran are becoming fewer
and more expensive.... Pendant #1 - 2 1/2 inches tall - $95.US.
Pendant #2 - 2 3/4 inches tall - $95.US. Pendant #3 - over 1 1/2
inches tall - $60.US. Pendant #4 - 1 1/8 inches tall - $70.US.
Pendant #5 - $45.US. Pendant #6 - $25.US. Pendant
#7 - $35.US. (#5, #6 & #7 are available, all others are sold)
EA811. From Afghanistan
- #1 is an old ivory comb - 3 3/8 inches by 1 7/8 inches - graceful
and simple and around 100 years old... $200.US. #2 is a
silver comb with tiny bells hanging from the bottom. The engraving is
the same on both sides. - $200.US. (#1 is available, #2 is sold)
EA819. These are
new pumtek beads. The colour is more consistent in real life than on
the scan - they don't have that yellowish colour that seems to have emerged
in the picture but the natural colour of pumteks. These are tiny beads
and beautifully made. $85.US/each strand (#2 is available)
EA821. This is a new ring, made in Thailand, with old
influences. It is made of good silver with nicely coloured coral
and turquoise. The decorative part of the ring is 1 7/8 inches
long and slightly over 3/4 inch at the widest - size 9.5
hammered square with two loops on the back for fastening. 2 3/8 by 3
EA831. Here are
three silver rings from the east. #1 is from Yemen and is a size 8
- $150.US. Ring #2 is from Iran and is a size 10 - $100.US.
ring #3 is from India and is a size 8 - $135.US. (#3 is available, #1 &
#2 are sold)
EA853. Here is another
selection of antique silver pendants from Afghanistan with prices on the scan.
(#5 is available, all others are sold)
EA790. Two thirty
inch strands of beads, one shut with a silver coin, and the other shut with
a slice of jade. They each have a shell bead in the center as well as
Chinese beads which look Venetian. $110.US/each strand. (#1 is sold, #2 is available)
#1, #2, #3 are $95.US/each strand. (#2 is available, the rest are sold)
EA797. These pendants
are great grouped together on a necklace or as central pendants. Some
of them have the vague remains of gilding on them, giving them the vaguest
tinge of gold. group #1 - 1 1/16 inches wide. $105.US.
group #2 - 1 3/16 inches wide. $120.US. group #3 - 1 1/8
inches wide. $130.US. group #4 - $80.US. (#2 is available, the rest are sold)
EA668. Well, there
is something very intriguing about this old silver Tibetan spoon (around a
century old). It is 5 1/4 inches long and set with a robust coral bead.
The piece has been hammered into shape, and decorated with more hammering
of patterns, both graceful and evocative of that ancient culture. The
spoon has a hanging loop on the back with a fat jump ring slipped through
it so that it could be carried by a traveller for use when needed. To
that is attached a 6 inch long silver chain made by folding silver hoops into
each other. I would love to see this worn as a pendant as it hangs with
the smaller spoon end at the top, and the larger weightier one at the bottom.
ring studded with a bright clear gem of yellow glass. size 9 1/2.
EA709. One ancient agate
bead with hole going through and remains of ancient patterns. $155.US.
Three ancient gaming pieces - tall domes with flat bottoms made of agate -
very charming and sculptural... #1 - 7/8 inches tall and 1 1/8
inch across - $135.US. #2 - 7/8 inch tall and 1 inch across with
dot in the middle of the flat bottom - $125.US. #3 - 7/8 inch
tall and 7/8 inch across - $115.US.
EA643. There are
three bronze antique Islamic seals illustrated here. They have arisen
from long burial in Persia. Each one of these pieces has holes for stringing
- #1 is 5/8 inches tall with a hole across the top of the stem. It
is covered with writing and a date, which I can't quite make out.
$45.US. #2 is 3/4 of an inch in diameter and has an
interesting pattern cast into it. It has 2 holes going across the back.
$45.US. #3 is 7/8 of an inch tall and very sturdily
built. It is covered in writing as well and is quite lovely.
$65.US. (#2 is available)
EA619. Chinese beads
- not antique but made to look old. They are interesting though, and
have a great texture to them. They have been strung with brass beads
and decorated with a flourish of old shell pendants. There are 34 inches
of beads averaging 5/8" in diameter. The shells measure about 2 inches
in length. $220.US.
EA512. Strand #1 has 6 silver
beads plus one pendant, 1 3/4 inches long including loop. This is quite
a lightweight piece made of old beat-up beads. It needs restringing
and perhaps a clasp. - $125.US. Strand #2 - the necklace
here is just over 16 inches long. It has fat loopy beat up beads on
it that are rather fascinating. The pendant including loop is 1 1/8
inch long and newer than the other silver beads. The piece could really
use a re-stringing as it is very crudely made. Fun beads though.
$125.US. (#1 is sold)
EA525. There are two
items here - one is a silver button which has been gilded on top and centered
with a green glass bead. It is round and cut in a floral design - on
the scan it is leaning to one side. The back of the button is studded
with an Eastern coin. $25.US. The silver beads come from Afghanistan.
They are deeply carved and quite heavy (about 50 grams) and made before the
1900s. They are substantial and very attractive. The largest bead
is 2 1/8 inch long, the smaller beads are about 1 7/8 inch long. $85.US
for the three. (pin is available, all others are sold)
EA570. This is a good
sized antique silver pendant from India. The silver pendant measures
3 inches from top to bottom and is about a hundred years old or so.
You can see the aged silver on the back of it. The piece started with
a square of silver and the little rings and decorations have all been placed
on it and cast there. The central square was hammered to stick out a
little with a curved piece soldered above it. The piece is deceptive
on the scan as it has a raised center piece which sticks up 1/2 inch in all.
That is hard to see in the image. This has a kind of clumsy elegance
to it that I really like. $95.US.
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a Chinese script and luckily for me a friendly visitor to the site sent in
a translation. This is acid etched onto a piece of sterling silver.
It measures 4 1/4 by 3 1/8 and weighs in at over 2 ounces. The silver
surface has some scratches that were drawn in by the artist who originally
wrote the script in a resist material. It also has a couple of newer
scratches and has been banged around a bit, so it is bumped here and there.
It's not a piece of jewelry, but it's fascinating and very attractive, and
an antique. This is what I have been told: "This appears to be some
sort of wedding plaque. Going from right to left, and reading up--down,
it says Yong Fang Brother and XX Lian Sister (reading from left
to right), then in large letters "Happy Household/Home" (Kuai Le Jia Ting),
followed by "brothers--4 names---respectfully submit/give), at the far left.
The 4 men have 3 different surnames (Yu and on top, two Wangs below), so they're
not kin; a cousin or such would be named appropriately. My guess is
that all the men probably belong to some sort of organization. Itis also
possible they all belong to a Christian church, which is why the bride is
referred to as "sister." Given the style in which it's written, and
the informality of the plaque (Happy Home instead of more traditional wedding
wording) my guess is that it dates to sometime in the second half of the
20th century." $45.US.
||EA326. Silver hat ornaments
from China. Qing Dynasty - 19th century. $115.US/each (#1 & #2 are available)
||EA328. This silver grooming
set from China has 3 implements suspended from a lion enamelled in a dark
green. The lion is in turn suspended from a 6 inch long chain which
is topped by an enamelled hook attachment - also dark green. The piece
measures 16 inches long in total and the lion (a sign of strength and power)
is 1 1/2 inches across. The implements also have been enamelled in the
same dark green, but much of it has worn off over the years. One piece
is for scooping earwax, one is a set of tweezers, and the last has a small
spoon or scoop at the bottom as well. I am not sure what it was used
for. I would date this to the mid19th century. $125.US.
||EA239. These seven
silver coin buttons date from the 1930s. Republican, nationalistic
Chinese coins, these represent the practical decorations typical of the
early communist period. The two larger buttons measure 7/8 inch across
and the smaller ones 3/4 inch. These are sturdily put together and
ready to wear or use in some other way. Very interesting and unique...
||EA222. These are more beads
from an antique curtain which once hung in the door of a brothel or bar
in the late 1800s - probably in the "wild West". The tubular beads,
although probably made in Europe are described as "Chinese straw beads" as
I suppose they are rather like hollow straws - with delicate glass walls
instead of paper. These beads are quite fragile and I had to discard
quite a lot of broken ones. The tubes in the upper strands are brilliant
blues, turquoise and greens - mixed together at random. Separating
the straw beads are smaller "tile beads" which originated in Bohemia, or
Czechoslvakia. The lower strands use goldish coloured short, irregular
"straw beads" as dividers. These are very unique. Lightly washed
with some residue still left inside... 24 inch long strands with "straw
beads" averaging 3/16 inch in diameter. $12.US/each strand. $110/10
||EA230. Ring #1 - double finger
silver ring from India - finger sizes 9 & 10 - $75.US (sold)
Ring #2 - silver ring with repousse Lion motif from Afghanistan - size 7.5-8.5
- $85.US (sold)
Bracelet #3 - child's silver dragon terminal bracelet from Afghanistan -
inner diameter 1 5/8inches - $75.US
||EA138. This torque is made
of wires of twisted silver onto which have been soldered 7 silver coins.
The three irregularily shaped hand struck coins are from India or Afghanistan
from the early to mid 1800s. The more regular, milled coins are from
Afghanistan. One is dated AH1316 (AD1898). Afghanistan, Iran
and India have similar traditional coinage but this coin features a stylized
mosque which is a national symbol of Afghanistan. Within it is the
mihrab, a niche indicating the direction of Mecca. On
the reverse of the coins is a stylized design (or tougra) which represents
the signature of the Sultan. The script on the coins is in Persian
The torque could have colourful string, perhaps with tassels at the back
to tie the two loops shut. It sits very nicely and flatly along the
perimeter of the neck. A similar torque can be seen on page 99 of "the
Arts & Crafts of the Swat Valley" by Kalter.. $210.US.
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