Ethnic Jewels

An appreciation of ethnic jewellery and adornment

Seen yesterday in Nizwa, Oman. All the pieces here, except the super-sized khan jar and the manthura necklace on the right were for sale.

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Comment by ingrid Langerak on January 21, 2016 at 21:58

Dear Preethi, What an exciting trip.  I really favor  Oman antique silver jewelry.  What atracs me is the solid ruggedness. They do not stinch on the use of silver.  I do favor very much the necklace you showed under this comment.  The prices you mentioned are enormous, to me it means that it is the end of the line of antique silver traditional jewelry.  Most probably the fashion is now to get dowries more in gold.

Hopefully you are going to show some of the pieces you favored. Did yo go all by yourself? Adventurous lady. Gr. Ingris.

Comment by Preethi on January 21, 2016 at 16:32

Dennis, unfortunately the shops I went to do not sell online. Do you travel to Oman sometimes? I would be more than happy to share names and locations of the shops. Best, Preethi

Comment by Dennis Brining on January 19, 2016 at 16:07

I spent some of the most important parts of my life early on in Oman developing the environmental standards for the country. I am always looking for new items to add to my own collection. Do you have the email or web address of this store in Oman that you could send me. Thanks in advance. 

Warmest, Dennis

Comment by Patricia Deany on January 19, 2016 at 12:50

That bracelet looks quite interesting, it has knobs like the Mauritanian ones and looks granulated like the Yemeni ones. Interesting closure as well, it looks like most of these pieces have a touch of gilding to them. I wonder, if the gold is applied like the Turkoman apply their gold, fire gilding.

Comment by Joost Daalder on January 19, 2016 at 12:24

The  anklets would be my own pick, with their strong shape, sensual thickness, great patina and lovely decoration. But such preferences are subjective. Objectively all these photos are marvellous to see! Thank you very much for sharing them, Preethi!

Comment by Preethi on January 19, 2016 at 10:10

Close ups of the amulets and headdress below. 

Comment by Preethi on January 19, 2016 at 10:09

Comment by Joost Daalder on January 18, 2016 at 21:01

Most impressive, Preethi - and so very interesting. I feel very privileged to be able to see all this wonderful jewellery on my computer at a very great distance from Oman. I can't say I am watching "in great comfort", for we are experiencing extreme heat: today will be about 40 degrees Celsius. Even so, this is just marvellous stuff, and I thank you so much for showing it to us. Thank you also to Peter for the photo of the Omani amulet necklace which he posted below. Great to wake up to see all these wonderful pieces! This site continues to be of very great value.

Comment by Patricia Deany on January 18, 2016 at 12:59

Excenllent information, Preethi, from my point of view, the amulet necklace is the most interesting since everything else looks so heavy, I think there is a headdress there  which, although I dont ever wear them, are interesting to me.Are the prices all over very expensive? Are most of the pieces massive as these pieces seem to be? So glad you are enjoying yourself and hope that you share some of your finds with us when you return home.

Comment by SARAH CORBETT on January 18, 2016 at 10:40

I also love those amulets, did you get close ups?

Can't wait to see what you chose to bring home xx


S x



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