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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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Hilarious letter! Faux precious stones indeed! Turkmen and Persian elements. Not Arab/North African.
Ha, ha, well now I know what profession to follow when I retire!
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.
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...)
Can`t help admiring the chutzpah of fakers but despise the legacy they leave.
Who on earth thought this one up?
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. http://files.usgwarchives.net/la/sabine/obits/r/r2630004.txt
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)
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.)
The letter makes me laugh
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