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After a long search...

...this beautiful Argobba necklace from Ethiopia found me last year :)
Lovely silver quality, original stringing, quite heavy.

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Comment by Betty on February 18, 2016 at 21:28

Thank you. I remember I saw a picture of yours - also very beautiful.

Comment by Linda Pastorino on February 18, 2016 at 17:27

great necklace, had one like this myself years ago, enjoyed wearing it.  Really beautiful . 

Comment by Betty on February 17, 2016 at 15:58

Thanks a lot for your kind words, Thelma, Charlotte and Alaa.

The small yellow beads are "only" glass beads (a very common type in Ethiopia), Thelma.

As you said, Alaa, these necklaces are high-grad silver and wonderful to touch. Wearing it one feels like a princess. You can tell that this an old design which has been perfected over many generations. 

I actually found a second one just shortly after this (there seems to be an unwritten rule that things you have been searching for a long time then turn up in twos or threes :)). I will post it when I get the time.

Comment by Alaa eddine SAGID on February 16, 2016 at 23:44
What a great necklace.

I have had the chance to own one some times ago with the same unrestrung original beaded stringing and it was a phenomenal feeling to have it in my hands. Very balanced and the silver is of a very high quality. I do love them indeed better that the all silver versions.

I am happy that you could fulfill that dream of yours and wishe for you many more enjoyable finds.
Comment by Thelma on February 16, 2016 at 10:14

A great catch, Betty. What are the little yellow beads? Are they amber?

Comment by Charlotte Dakin-Norris on February 16, 2016 at 9:04

A very lovely necklace, and wonderful that it is in such original and excellent condition.

Comment by Betty on February 16, 2016 at 8:23

Thank you both, Lynn and Peter. I am really pleased about this find, it really is a very good and complete example ( ... and more over a very, very reasonable price for such a necklace. I never thought I would find one I could  afford :))

Comment by Lynn Ardent on February 16, 2016 at 4:06

I love looking at this piece.  I am so happy for you to have this in your collection. 

Comment by Peter Hoesli on February 15, 2016 at 23:32
Dear Betty; This is a fantastic piece. It looks well worn. I particular like the end dangles on each side - great! Congratulations! Peter
Comment by Betty on February 15, 2016 at 21:14

... and a view of back:

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