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An appreciation of ethnic jewellery and adornment

Anna Garner
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Rai Ismail commented on Anna Garner's status
"Dagestan is located in Russia. a lot of Dagestan jewelers worked in Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Kabardino-Balkaria, Karachay-Cherkessia, Chechnya, Ossetia and other countries.Therefore, so many similar patterns on the jewelry."
May 24, 2016
Anna Garner commented on Thelma's photo

For Betty

"Beautiful find!"
Jan 9, 2016
Anna Garner commented on Thelma's photo

Wedding necklace

"Wow!  Great find, Thelma.  Congratulations.  Your description taught me more about the Hadramaut designs in my collection.  I like those little amulets, but they are so different from the Bawsani designs that I wondered where…"
Jun 4, 2015
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Mar 26, 2015
Anna Garner commented on Anna Garner's status
"Thank you for confirming that.  I had read that before somewhere, but since it was collected in Yemen, I thought it might be a slight variation on the Omani beads.  I will correct my description.  This forum is very helpful!…"
Feb 25, 2015
Ethnic Embellishments commented on Anna Garner's status
"This is a bead from Baluchistan- used in hair tassels.  "
Feb 25, 2015
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Feb 25, 2015
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Feb 25, 2015
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From Anna .... Elegance

"After looking at this photo for a while, I wondered if maybe the engraver used the technique that a modern engraver would use in order to make one side the mirror image of the other.  For example, the thin appliqué over the silver base…"
Jan 29, 2015
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From Anna .... Elegance

"I had never noticed the mirror image design on the face of the several asyks we once had in our collection.  I only have one very old one still available.  The engraving has become worn so faint that it would be difficult to discern how…"
Jan 29, 2015
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Antique Pair Yemen Silver Bracelets Bedouin Style

These are either armlets or anklets, judging from the inside diameter and the heavy wear on the inside section of the metal. Available at…
Sep 23, 2014
Anna Garner commented on Thelma's photo

Elderly relative

"Thelma, I believe that I learned from the Schetzer book that so long as the ancestor symbols occur in numbers divisible by 4, the work is in the prescribed tradition.  In fact, occasionally a silversmith will add 1 extra symbol or set of…"
Aug 18, 2014
Anna Garner commented on Thelma's photo

Elderly relative

"Gorgeous find, Thelma!  Congratulations.  Cannot wait to see your items published along with the cultural knowledge you have acquired.  I really admire the way you build your collection.  Anna"
Aug 16, 2014
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"You made a beautiful photo of it, Thelma.  It is indeed a glorious piece.  I am happy that you have it in your collection.  Anna"
Jun 17, 2014
Anna Garner commented on Thelma's photo

A small survivor

"Oh, thanks for all the information, Thelma.  The hajj bead probably reads as  Allahu Akbar…  Allah is Great!   My asyk that has the inscribed glass also shows the crescent and stars.  "
May 29, 2014
Anna Garner commented on Thelma's photo

Another big button - Why not?

"Absolutely spectacular!  I suspect you are right that it could tell many stories of very hard times.  Anna"
May 15, 2014

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Enough Fertility Symbols to Frighten the Bride Away from Marriage

Posted on February 16, 2012 at 4:33 0 Comments

Antique Gilded Silver Yemen Wedding Necklace Amulets Granulated Beads

By Anna Garner

 This is an antique gilded silver wedding necklace worn by a woman in Yemen in the early nineteen hundreds. It probably belonged to a woman whose family could afford the extra cost of apply a gold…


Ancient Bactrian Steatite Stone Vessel with Typical Incised Designs

Posted on February 16, 2012 at 4:24 0 Comments

by Anna Garner

The use of this ancient Bactrian steatite stone vessel with typical incised designs cannot be determined from this distance in time and differences in technology and culture. We do know from visual examination of the pot that it is incised with the typical zigzag patterns that prevailed throughout an early period of the…


The Signet Seals of Pre-Literate Early Bactria-Margiana

Posted on December 3, 2011 at 21:30 0 Comments

by Anna Garner

Still no actual alphabetic messages have been found on a single artifact excavated from or picked up from the surface of one of the sites of the Bactria-Margiana Archeological Complex.   Geographically, the more or less agreed upon boundaries of this area would be Southern Turkmenistan, Eastern Iran and most of Afghanistan reaching over to the Indus Valley in what is now Pakistan.  The time frame of the most significant cultural items produced by these migrating…


A Shared Culture of Ornamentation

Posted on November 21, 2011 at 21:00 0 Comments

by Anna Garner

The ancient culture of Bactria along the Amu Darya river (now in Afghanistan), the Margiana culture along the Murghab river (now in Turkmenistan), the proto-Iranian culture in the deserts south of the Caspian all reveal enough strong parallels in ornamentation that some archeologists have grouped them into one of the following appellations: Bactria-Margiana Archeological Complex (BMAC), Outer Iranian culture, or proto-Iranian culture.  Whether the shared cultural items…


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At 2:16 on June 21, 2013, Julianna Lindsey said…

Hello Anna,

I just posted some pics of a belt from East Africa but of Omani influence (we think).  I'd be keen to know your opinion of its origin and quality.  I know you have lots of Yemeni pieces, but this seems less intricate than the Bawsani work.

Thanks so much!


At 16:57 on February 14, 2013, nazir zargar said…
Hi Anna I need your email I have some turkman pieces.if you like I sent some pictures.
At 20:18 on December 31, 2012, Joost Daalder said…

You have some very good Turkoman pieces among the many that one can find on the web - pieces both early and authentic and attractive. So I was delighted to show them to others. As I become more "advanced" as a poster I not only know better which pieces to choose, but also try to stick to a culture area for a while and provide some kind of "coverage" of it rather than confuse people unduly by being "all over the shop" all the time.

At 21:07 on February 22, 2012, kmena meme said…

ineed your email.

At 21:05 on February 22, 2012, kmena meme said…

Thank you anne about you feelings


At 5:46 on January 20, 2012, Suzan Kaplan said…

Hi Anna, You wear your finery with the dignity it deserves...a lovely picture!

At 10:20 on January 19, 2012, SARAH CORBETT said…

Hi Anna,

you should wear it every day.

True goddess attire!


At 6:16 on January 19, 2012, gopal sharma karith said…

Dear Anna . many thanks to you to comment on my Jewellery .

At 23:42 on January 18, 2012, Chantal said…

It looks very regal and impressive   Ana, thanks for posting.

At 14:21 on January 7, 2012, Amir said…

Dear Anna Madam,I am glad to hear you lived in Pakistan.Feel free in asking me if you need any kind of beads or jewlery,just let me know about your taste,i will try my level best to make it available for you.Take a good care of youself ma'am.Please visit my photos.i have updated my page.Thank you

Kind Regards






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