Ethnic Jewels

An appreciation of ethnic jewellery and adornment

This is an old Ethiopian necklace which shows the melding of influences in antique Ethiopian jewels. The pendant shows Ethiopian culture and symbolism. The many tiny chains are made with an Ottoman technique. The construction of the amulet box is the same as in antique Yemeni mahfaua amulet boxes. This is a very long necklace, falling past the waist. I believe it is quite old, not later than early 20th century and perhaps as old as mid-19th -- the construction resembles the jewelry the V&A has from the tragic Ethiopian queen who died in the 1860s. All in high grade silver except the cone dangles. More photos in the comments.

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Comment by ingrid Langerak on April 5, 2018 at 17:19

A fantastic find Lynn, Often these necklaces are with  a  small box in the front and another smaller size box in the back. And yes yours for sure is an antique one. not so many kept in this top condition often the chains are in tatterd. Well done.

Gr. Ingrid Langerak

Comment by Eva Baby on March 3, 2016 at 20:40

Wonderful, thanks  for the additional photos in comments! Love it.

Comment by Betty on March 1, 2016 at 10:31

It's a fantastic piece, Lynn and in remarkably good shape! Congrats!

Comment by Lynn Ardent on February 29, 2016 at 2:31

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