"Amazing that you found this at a garden centre, Nick. Tell us more. Does your garden centre have a place where you can buy jewellery? I can see a small picture of Kirtimukha, a protective deity, at the top of your gau. Does the gau open at the…"
"Nice necklace Vinay - probably 1900's I would think . It needs an old Indian coin for the clasp (or a bit of shell if you can find) . It looks like two of the Carnelian beads needs transferring from the bottom row to the second row and third…"
Thanks for the information and especially the picture which has the same metalwork . I was thrown a bit by the beadwork which looked more African ... Certainly a time consuming bit of recycling with all that…"
"Two more points, Nick, about this beautifully designed and lovingly made piece.... It's a splendid example of the recycling of old and broken parts. You often see the same process in the decoration of children's and women's clothes in…"
"Hello Nick. This is very interesting. It's a nomad piece from Afghanistan. It seems to be made of pieces from a silver metal head ornament which have been stitched onto cloth and decorated with beads by local nomad women to produce…"