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This heavy bracelet was bought in Saudi Arabia in the 1980s but looks like an Uzbek (Karalkapak?) piece to me. Any opinion on this would be very welcome.

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Comment by Joost Daalder on March 21, 2017 at 11:55

What a wonderful strong piece!

Comment by Betty on March 21, 2017 at 11:08

Thanks Leonor! In the meantime I saw many of these on a trip Kazakhstan, different styles, some with small turquoise stones...very beautiful. This particular piece is no longer in my collection - it found a good new home :-)

I am also experimenting and using a light box now. Still I mainly take pix in natural daylight...which works well (apart from the dark and grey winter season...). Thanks a lot for the link! I will check it out.

Comment by Leonor Arnó on February 27, 2017 at 20:36

Lovely bracelet, I saw one in auction a couple of months ago and it sold for a ridicolous price...

About the pics, I use the same lights as Lynn, and I recently bought a folded light box that can be stored in a small place. Like this: . Quality of pictures have to do also with the camera you use and the background, I am always testing about new ways of making pictures because I am never totally satisfied. I used to have a self made box with translucid paper on all sides, and it was working very well too!

Comment by Betty on June 4, 2015 at 12:27

Thanks for all the kind comments!

@ Preethi: Thanks you so much for the pictures, they are much appreciated. Your bracelets are definitely more refined and probably older...I love the claws!

Comment by Preethi on June 4, 2015 at 6:42

Thanks everyone. Betty, as requested, here are a few more photos of the back and side of the bracelets.

Comment by Joost Daalder on June 3, 2015 at 14:20

It shows the standard of things here that we get to see more than one excellent example of this beautiful type of bracelet. And this is not the first time that more than one person has produced an image of a particular type of jewel for our delight!

Comment by Lynn Ardent on June 3, 2015 at 13:58

Preethi, your pair is absolutely gorgeous!!

Comment by Joost Daalder on June 3, 2015 at 13:12

A great find, Betty, for - as others comment - this piece is very rare on the market. For what it is worth, I cannot recall seeing one for actual sale, on-line or "in person". Admittedly, someone like Peter is in a much better position to judge such a matter. And Thelma is obviously well informed on the Karakalpaks. The Richardsons have a very good on-line blog too, which I use often, but I am sure I should really have the book which Thelma mentions ...

Karakalpak items are extremely attractive to collect, and enjoy great favour among those interested in Uzbekistan and surrounding countries. Personally, I like the fact that they have (quite logically, given the location) elements in common with both Turkoman and more strikingly "Uzbeki" pieces.  In this case with Kazakhstan also, very specifically! And yes, your photo does bring out the soul of old silver ... A very exciting item to see, and great, Preethi, that you should also have a pair! Thanks for the postings, good people ...

Comment by Betty on June 3, 2015 at 12:37

Thank you, Preethi and Peter.

I love your pair of bracelets Preethi - they are gorgeous and look quite old. Could perhaps post a picture of the "claws" if you get the time?

I hope you will find something lovely in Al Khobar to add to your collection, Peter. 

With kind regards, Betty

Comment by Preethi on June 3, 2015 at 8:30

Betty, thank you very much for bringing this bracelet up for discussion. I have a pair of these (below) and was only told that they're Uzbek. Grateful for the references from Thelma and you, and like everyone here, I too think that your photo has captured the soul of old silver.



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