Our collection includes personal adornment in various forms: jewelry, belts, ornaments for the head and other areas. Materials are also varied, but always the items are made by hand, with care and skill.


Tribal Adornment

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  • Silver Belt Buckle from Central Asia

    This handsome silver belt buckle is attractively decorated with floral patterns which are accented with niello (an oxidation technique for silver). Three conical shapes provide distinctive ornamentation that we’ve seen before on belt buckles from the Caucasus. Six 15 kopek coins dangle by chains from the lower edge; their dates of 1915 and 1916 could give a clue to the age of this piece. Note that the piece curves: that, combined with the size suggests that it could have been made for a boy or a woman. It could be easily worn with a belt of leather or cloth attached to the rings on the back. The silver tests to between 80 and 90%. We found this in Saudi Arabia and think it could have been brought by a pilgrim coming to Mecca for the Haj. This is a handsome and very wearable piece.

    Size: 10.25 in. x 3.12 in.


  • Silver Belt Buckle from Thailand

    Elegantly detailed with handworked floral motifs, this fine vintage silver buckle from Thailand comprises three parts, all handmade. Buckles like this were, and are still, worn with silver belts by women of high status as part of elegant traditional outfits. This is probably 92.5% silver, and weighs 78.5 grams.

    Size: 4.25 in. x 2 in.


  • Old Bedouin Ring with Stone

    Probably made in Yemen, this attractive ring includes granulation, gallery wire, twisted wire and filigree. The red ‘stone’ appears to be opaque glass and is decorated with granulation on top. Well made, it is in good condition and is very wearable. The silver quality is good- probably coin silver (+80%). It could be easily worn, or would make a nice addition to a collection.

    Size: 0.75 in./19mm inside widest point; 17mm high


  • Old Bedouin ‘Tower’ Ring with Stone

    This old Bedouin ring is a handsome design and well made. It could be made of 90% silver, due to apparent oxidation. We’re not sure what kind of dark green stone is set into the top. It makes a statement and could be worn on any larger finger, or used as an unusual pendant. This is a nice example of its type and is in good condition.

    Size: 0.75 in. / 2cm inside at widest point; tower 18mm high


  • Turkoman Yomut Pectoral

    This large silver pectoral is from the Yomut tribe of the Turkoman people and includes their distinctive stamped and fire-gilded design motifs, as well as four large set carnelians, and fine gallery wire borders.

    Size: 8.75″ x 5.5″


  • Old Bedouin ‘Tower’ Ring

    This short version of a ‘tower’ ring may have come from Yemen- it was found in a souk in Saudi Arabia over 25 years ago. The silver could be from the large Maria Theresa ‘thalers’ that were the coin of trade in the Middle East and around the world (83.3% silver). It is ornamented with twisted wire and flat disks, with a 7mm wide band. This unusual ring is a special find at a special price.

    Size: 0.75 in / 19mm inside at widest part; tower is 15mm high overall


  • Silver Bracelet

    A flexible, wide band of a modern, yet ethnic design, this attractive bracelet is handmade of silver, probably in India. Lovely rounded ends with a stylized birds finish it nicely, and a hook connects the ends. 67.5 grams

    Size: 7 5/8 in. x 1 1/4 in.


  • Bedouin Silver Bracelet

    From the souks of Arabia, this old cuff bracelet is a classic. Ornamented with three old Saudi coins, it shows the patina and scars of age. Much of the Bedouin silver is coin silver and not of a high grade- we suspect that is the case with this piece. Overall the condition is good, tho the inside is no longer smooth due to use. This is a collector’s piece and not practical to wear.

    Size: 4.25 in. across outside; 2.75 in. across inside x 1.75 in. wide


  • Bedouin Silver Bracelet

    This old bracelet is another ‘souk find’ and is a much-loved design from this part of the world. It’s seen long use, as the condition attests. The ornamentation is applied: twisted wires, pieces with granulation, and flat diamond-shaped pieces, which mimic the larger incised diamond shape where the ends meet. This is probably made of coin silver, like JT203. It would be a nice addition to a Bedouin silver collection.

    Size: 4 in. across outside; 2.66 in. across inside x .75 in. wide


  • Leather Pectoral

    This unusual old pectoral is comprised of stamped metal design elements and a round inset stone, all mounted on a thick piece of leather. Probably from the tribal people of Afghanistan.

    Size: 7″ dia.


  • Bedouin Ornament

    This large pendant is of traditional design and could have also been used as a hair ornament or hung from a headdress. Granulation and stamped sheet designs are applied to a cast ring. For more information please see Heather Colyer Ross; The Art of Bedouin Jewellery; 1981; and Bedouin Jewellery in Saudi Arabia; 1978 & 1989.

    Size: 3″ x 4.5″


  • Karen Silver Earplugs

    These silver earplugs are worn by the Karen women in N. Thailand and E. Burma. This pair is old and not the highest grade of silver, but nice and in good condition.

    Size: Over 1″ dia.

    $40.00 for the pair

  • Karen Silver Hairpin

    Made by Karen tribal silversmiths in N. Thailand, this hairpin is ornamented with a handsome three-dimensional grouping of spirals, archetypal designs from antiquity.

    Size: 6.25″ long