"Hello Laura. This lapis is a lovely luminous blue and I too think it is a contemporary piece, probably made in Afghanistan. The main lapis mines are in Badakhshan province... they have been there for thousands of years. I was interested in…"
"Your conclusions are the same as mine-I have a silver rose bowl decorated in the Swami style and these button designs are similar. However, the rose bowl images are of Hindu gods-these are not, which led me to the conclusion they might be of Burmese…"
"The major source for lapis lazuli is still Afghanistan and Pakistan, although smaller quantities are now found in Russia, Chile, Italy and North America. Afghanistan is generally thought by most scholars to be the only ancient source, where it was…"
"A set of five heavy repousse work silver Indian or South East Asian buttons. Images appear to be of dancers and drummers. Large, substantial loop shanks. No hallmarks. 1 and 1/2 inches diameter. Certainly pre 1947, probably early 20thc. The Burmese…"
"Well there is lapis mined in Afghanistan and many necklaces and other pieces are made there for the export market, so it may well come from there. Ive just never seen a traditional jewel like that from those regions, perhaps another member may…"
"Two silver Berber hair ornaments. I believe there was perfumed resin inside. These are large and heavy and there are some traces of coloured enamel in places. Bought in Morocco in the Atlas mountains. The smaller one is roughly 3 inches by 1 and a…"