These are old necklaces from the mountains of Guatemala. Each has obviously been restrung many times keeping the old beads and supplementing with new beads. The colors are wonderful and many of them are strung with real artistry. I've restrung these, maintaining the original beads and design and added a sterling silver clasp at the back and a hand-carved, hand-painted wooden heart from Oaxaca, Mexico .
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These are exquisite romantic beauties are made by Uzbek Bukharan artisans of Central Asia.
They are made of sterling silver, turquoise and coral. About 4 inches long and 50 g. The earwires are significantly wider than the average western earwires.
There is a rich Bukhara tradition of jewelry. For people throughout Central Asia, jewelry has held tremendous symbolic and spiritual value across centuries. Such jewelry served a variety of functions for those who wore it-anything from signaling power to expressing spiritual belief to marking major life events. Traditional adornments were prized primarily for their spiritual value and played a major role in rites of passage such as weddings, where brides donned heavy sets weighing upwards of 30 pounds to ensure future health and fertility and to protect against evil spirits. For women, jewelry signified marital status, social status, and ethnic and tribal identity at every stage of life. From a young age, girls wore small bracelets and earrings, scaling up to greater quantities of more elaborate jewelry as they emerged into adolescence and young motherhood. Around the age of 30, they would reverse this process, wearing fewer and more modest adornments as they entered their 40s and beyond, passing their more ornate pieces to their daughters, and so on. Silver, most closely associated with the moon and femininity among the region's ethnic tribes, was traditionally prized for its cleansing and powers and thought to maintain purity of the hands The region's tribal communities long believed that any opening in the human body could serve as a pathway in for evil spirits-and so they historically have protected the ears and nostrils with ornamental rings. Earrings were always created and worn in pairs, the right representing the male and the left the female. Popular belief held that if a woman were to lose one of her earrings, she ran the risk of losing her husband-and jewelers were cautioned to never recreate a single earring to replace one that had been lost, or he would be in danger of losing his own wife.
-from Arts Institute of Chicago
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These come from Burkina Faso and are truly vintage and truly beautiful. They emanate the sweet vibes of previous owners. I have paired this piece with a lovely uzbek set of tassels. The tassels themselves are made of silk. The belt that they are attached to is knit cotton.
It measures 75x33" not including the fringe.
As, I mentioned these are truly vintage and it is typical for them to come well worn, it is part of what makes them special. This is by no means in pristine condition yet it is very beautiful! Please look at all of the photos before purchasing
Beautiful Guatemalita jade necklace accented by antique handmade Nigerian brass beads. The jade is called guatemalita. It is indigenous only to Guatemala. These beads are worked by Mayan artisans in the highlands of Guatemala, the design is our own. This is the most wonderful stone! I consider these to be a tremendous value particularly considering their rarity. 19.5 inches long. 736g For more fabulous beaded treasures check out the necklace section of our shop.