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Hello everyone, Im having a correspondence with someone  who has what seems to be to be a relatively inexpensive Afghan Kuchi necklace along with a letter which seems totally fake to me. Any comments?

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Comment by Nada on January 30, 2014 at 9:15

Hilarious letter! Faux precious stones indeed! Turkmen and Persian elements. Not Arab/North African.

Comment by Patricia Deany on January 25, 2014 at 13:42

Ha, ha, well now I know what profession to follow when I retire!

Comment by Thelma on January 25, 2014 at 9:08

Hi Cordelia, Perhaps we should send you an 'opinion' from Professor A.B.Dodgy, D.Phil., FRSJ., the well known expert in the field humorous authentification.

Comment by Edith D on January 25, 2014 at 3:49

How funny!!!  Does "silver metal" mean it is actually 'Ag' or does it mean that the metal has a silver color?  And isn't "faux precious gemstones" an oxymoron???  (These questions are of course, rhetorical...)

Comment by Frankie Carter on January 24, 2014 at 20:21

Can`t help admiring the chutzpah of fakers but despise the legacy they leave.

Who on earth thought this one up?

Comment by Patricia Deany on January 24, 2014 at 19:36

FYI, ALbert Richardson was a real person and a gemologist who lived in Louisiana and was a priest after practicing gemology for a bit. He died in 1999. Here is his obit.

Comment by SARAH CORBETT on January 24, 2014 at 16:23
Looks like a new mix up of a piece and a very shady description!
As Patti says, no accurate link to arabian africa .
The piece Has echoes of turkoman styling, but is not to my limited understanding a piece which is traditional at all. Fantasie work would be my description...
And yes the letter is a joke .
Comment by Patricia Deany on January 24, 2014 at 16:23

I would say it is a newer, fantasy piece made in Turkoman tradition, probably from Afghanistan. Love the letter, though, I am eventually gonna google Mister Albert Richardson to see if he exists ( or existed)

Comment by Patricia Deany on January 24, 2014 at 16:18

This does not look like a Kuchi piece to me --the granulated borders and the goldwork make it look more Central Asian, even Turkoman, even the pendants and little buttons have a Turkoman appearance, that being said, I have never seen a Turkoman piece like this either, but it is most definitely not Arab, Nomad ( I think.)

Comment by Cordelia Donohoe on January 24, 2014 at 16:05

The letter makes me laugh


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