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Does anyone know from were these delicacies come from?

Thanx very much

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Comment by Jose M. Pery on July 11, 2012 at 14:19

I am afraid that I cannot tell where I got the pictures from as I just browsed the web and I cannot remember what actual sites I visited!. I do not know anything about this kind of jewellery (shame on me!) but I would expect there to be some publications by the different public and private organisations that care for this cultural heritage. What I have heard is that old pieces are difficult to see on the market as they are usually kept within the families and they seldom decide to sell them. However, I will keep on guard for if I see anything that may be of interest and will also aske some friend of mine from that area.

However I have made some search. I assume that you are not interested at this point in other traditional jewellery and customes in  Spain but that of the province of Salamanca. I have then found that the Museo del Traje (Museum of Customes) dedicated some sort of leaflet of brochure to the typical attire (including jewellery) of the village of La Alberca. That is a very representative vilage of that area. The custome is known as "Traje de Vistas". It appears that it was originally a wedding dress but then turn to be used in very specific festive events. Further I have found that the curator of the jewellery collection at that Museum wrote in 2005 a book named "La Alberca. Joyas" (La Alberca. Jewellery). I have not been able to see its contents but it should be quite good. It is about some 200 pages. The problem is that I suspect that it will only be available in Spanish. I have seen that it is on sale at the Museum in Madrid and that it was published by the Ministry of Culture. Please do not hesitate to ask me to get it for you if you are interested.

I am ataching two links: one for the brochure or leaflet and the other to the Museum where the cover of the book is shown.


I hope this is of assistance to you and Ayis.

Best regards,





Comment by Linda Pastorino on July 11, 2012 at 0:12

I am very interested in areas of cross polination. I got these in one collection along with other things I sold and i became facinated with this region. I have books with photos too like the ones that Jose showed us. Where did you get these photos from Jose? I want to see if books are same.. I have a book I  got published by the Hspanic society NY back in the early part of this century as a small book but not alot. I would love to have more books on the subject.  I am also very interested in collecting more of these so if any one ever has any for sale let me know!

Comment by Alaa eddine SAGID on July 10, 2012 at 22:37

Wow, thank you very much LINDA and JOSE.

There was definetely something islamic to them and knowing their origin helps to know why.


From andalucia to catholic salamanca there still exist bridges that people refuse to see even by wearing the proofs!!


Stunning necklaces et earrings LINDA

Comment by Jose M. Pery on July 10, 2012 at 20:30


Comment by Linda Pastorino on July 10, 2012 at 20:04

I have the original tops of earrings but removed them so I can wear these differently. I have two earrings one in silver and one in gilt silver. The necklace is a reliquary and opens and is double sided.

Comment by Linda Pastorino on July 10, 2012 at 20:03

Yes I have some in my own collection and also have sold some. It's very interesting to me because of the Islamic overtones and is much like early gold moroccan jewelry.

Comment by Jose M. Pery on July 10, 2012 at 19:55

Hi, Linda/Ayis. I think that you are right and these beads come probably from the Spanish province of Salamanca in Spain. As you probably know there is a wide variety of regional customes in Spain each of them with its distinctive jewellery. Even in the province of Salamanca there are differents customes and jewellery altogether. I do not know much about it but the best known regional custome in Salamanca is the "Charro" and its jewellery is known as "Charra jewellery". Sometimes this name is used for all the diffeent variations in the province. These round beads are known as "hazelnut" beads. This type of jewellery is still being made nowadays for festive gatherings.

Comment by Linda Pastorino on July 10, 2012 at 19:08

found this today, yes from salmanca Spain. Very very beutiful!

Comment by Alaa eddine SAGID on April 5, 2012 at 9:23

i also had a crush on them. so wild and ancient looking, when a single dtail makes me think of one country another one brings me to a different region thousands of miles away!!!

Eyrope, islamic, south east asian....?

Thanx Hillary

Comment by Ethnic Embellishments on April 5, 2012 at 4:45

Ayis, I saw some extremely similar silver beads a while ago on eBay that were listed as "Islamic" and looked very, very old.  I was going to bid, but they sold (about 6 or so beads) for over $830!  These are the same, though newer looking than the beads I saw on eBay.  The round beads with a tube through them look like they could be Afghani/ Pakistani, but the "towers with crenelations" are very confusing, though they could be South Asian as well. I do like them *very* much!



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