An appreciation of ethnic jewellery and adornment
...this beautiful Argobba necklace from Ethiopia found me last year :)
Lovely silver quality, original stringing, quite heavy.
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Thank you. I remember I saw a picture of yours - also very beautiful.
great necklace, had one like this myself years ago, enjoyed wearing it. Really beautiful .
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.
A great catch, Betty. What are the little yellow beads? Are they amber?
A very lovely necklace, and wonderful that it is in such original and excellent condition.
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 :))
I love looking at this piece. I am so happy for you to have this in your collection.
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