"Yet more evidence, Lynn, of these coming from the Golden Triangle, is furnished by Anne van Cutsem in *A World of Bracelets*, p. 264, which even features the folding over of the silver sheet as well as several other similarities. I have no doubt…"
"Dear Nada; Now that is a very good question. Quite frankly, I never saw a copy or at least hope that I did not... Having said that, in Cairo, most of the silver smiths are of Armenian descendants. They are really skilled and can do almost anything.…"
"Dear Alaa; This piece is just BEAUTIFUL! I love the turquoises. The discs and shapes of the dangles (like fish) remind me of an Afghani necklace, which i have in my collection. I will post it shortly. Congratulations for a great find! Peter "
"Dear Nada; Many thanks for your comments. Belts for me are the ultimate in terms of expression for men and women alike and I love the big, heavy pieces! The silver pieces here are threaded over a dark grey fabric belt. By the way, this is a…"
"Beautiful and fascinating find, Preethi, which for some reason reminded me of Medieval European jewels ( perhaps because of the colours of the stones and the way they are set)
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"Thank you Mustafa - much appreciated. It is very rare to get belts with the original fabrics still attached to them. I guess that I was lucky. When the dealer in Aqaba was offered this belt to purchase, he immediately called me and I finalized the…"
"Both very interesting and beautiful, Alaa. It seems that the basic design of this type of necklace was a great hit all through the Ottoman Empire and the neighbouring regions. Quite fascinating.
I love the combination with turquoise. A lovely piece,…"