Past and Present: Here is an interesting comparison of two traditional bracelets from Oman. The one on the left is an old silver bracelet, made and worn before gold became the preferred metal. The one on the right is nearly the same design, re-interpreted and executed in 21 carat gold. Interestingly the gold bracelet is only a bit lighter than the silver one!
A pair of Turkoman cuffs that are signed and dated 1322 Hijri or 1904. From the Tekke people. With beautiful gilded details in the scalloped and chevron edging and the complex engraving. In high grade silver with carnelian and weighing 515 grams.
Africa | Woman's anklet,Yïgïr Ambar, made of silver and silver gilt from Ethiopia | These type of anklets were worn exclusively by high ranking Christian women. Gold or gilded silver could only be worn with the permission of the Emperor. Most gold was locally sourced, but much of the silver was obtained by melting down imported Maria Theresa Thalers. The small conical bells, commonly found on Christian Ethiopian jewellery. | ca. 19th century, prior to 1868.