Ethnic Jewels

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Silver pendant for catolic women, used during Ottoman times, for lighting (firing) of cigaretes or pipes.
When a group of men in a patriarchal family would meet and relax in a majlis type of room, the young lady would take a piece of fire (this is what the scissor type of fixture is for) and go to everybody to give them fire for pipes. This was practiced in the Shkodra mountains.
This is an extraordinary piece!
Special note must be mentioned for the centerpiece (close-up photo below), which is gilded silver with painted flowers, protected by a curved glass, mounted onto the design - very special and extremely rare.

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Comment by Linda Kanu on July 1, 2018 at 13:37

Beautiful piece! Probably part of the assemble of Xhubleta worn by Albanian highlanders. The 'scissors' is renovated/changed.

Comment by Peter Hoesli on October 25, 2016 at 21:28

Dear Betty; Well, sometimes, I am surprised myself. I always try to go direct to the source, in this case a family in Albania. My contacts in Albania can also furnish me with details on how, by whom and where the jewelry was worn. These pieces are extremely fragile and many have been repaired over time, etc.. I love repairs on jewelry as it gives them character and shows that they were actually worn by working people. However, it also means that it is very difficult to find good pieces. I keep on searching... With kind regards. Peter

Comment by Betty on October 25, 2016 at 19:11

Very interesting piece and information, Peter. Thank you for sharing! Where did you chance upon this Albanian treasure if I may ask? Best wishes, Betty

Comment by Peter Hoesli on October 23, 2016 at 12:21

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