Antique pair of Hadrami silver earrings, sourced from the East of Yemen, the Hadramaout region. The design shows the classic geometric patterns from the area. Gorgeous bedouin work and beautiful one of a kind pair of silver earrings.
Original Yemeni Jewish Ring from the early XX century, made by the best artisans in North Yemen. This ring shows the classic Bedihi granulation technique. The Bedihi´s were responsible for the best quality granulation work like this ring, and also all kind of berry yemeni beads. The deco is made with antique Yusr, black antique coral from the Red Sea.
Unique yemeni wedding ring. Size 5 Usa, 16mm inner diameter.
Beautiful pair of Hadrami earrings from the East Yemen. Nice design made over a lamina of silver, mixing geometric patterns with granulation and red coral beads. Unique piece and gorgeous expample of Yemeni traditional jewellery.
I´m pleased to offer this Antique Bedihi Silver Beads and Amber Necklace from Yemen. The Bedihi family was one of the most famous jewish silversmith from Yemen, in the XIX and early XX century. Their filigree beads, and the way they applied the granulation technique is really exceptional.
This family emigrated to the Holy Land around the beginning of the XX century till the 1949.
This piece is really unique, shows the Bedihi famous weaved filigree beads and six beautiful amber beads.
The pendant is a classic Hebrew design of a flower, made with filigree and granulation detail.
It´s a beautiful silver bracelet handmade in the jewish berber style. The decoration is very refined, made with coral and enamel. The coral is always present in the berber jewellery, as they believe it protects the wearer from bad spirits.
Beautiful Bawsani array of hollow dangles, created by stamping silver sheet into molds, and then soldering together. The Bawsanis´ were one of the most famous and appreciated jewellers from Yemen in past centuries.
This piece is decorated with genuine antique Mediterranean Coral.
Excellent quality of Jewish silversmithing. Weight 50 grsm, Height 6cm.
Stunning antique Jewish Yemeni necklace from the early XX century. Beautiful combination of silver beads, and natural antique Red Coral from the Mediterranean sea. The coral beads are sourced from Yemen and they are the currency received by the coffe traders in Yemen in the times of the Trade on Levante.
The central piece is called Ktub, it´s a talisman and used to carry cabalistic texts to protect the wearer.
Collecting Middle Eastern jewelery has become an act of cultural preservation. There´s some urgency in acquiring, collecting and recording the uses and history of Middle Eastern silver jewellery.
One of the pleasures of Middle East living used to be shopping for old jewelry—especially old Bedouin jewelry, rich in intricate silverwork, coral, carnelian and pretty stones picked up from the hills and sands during the Bedouin’s movements.
Nowadays, the handmade jewellery that once graced the persons of desert nomads is disappearing. The Bedouins themselves are exchanging it for modern pieces jewellery. The jewellers in the cities are breaking the jewels and remodeling it for modern pieces. Artisans who once made the jewelry are retiring or changing the way they work. And most of what remains is already in private collections and museums. (more…)
In Yemen, the art of silversmithing reach a remarkable level, comparing with other crafts, and it can be identified by it´s own technicques and icons. It´s one of the most recognized and famous arts from the country.
The variety of bracelets, rings , necklaces, head ornaments, and the demand of the population for this items, shows the importance given to this craft. Either in rural areas or in major cities, the jewellery was the most important part of the dowries and personal possesions of both Jewish and Muslim women. (more…)
The use of Jewellery has always been very extended in the yemeni society, and it´s an interesting fact, that jews and muslims wore different pieces of jewellery.
There was a big difference in the use of traditional jewels, from one area of the country to other areas, what was worn and when was clearly defined in each place.
The ambar beads were mostly used by Sanaani muslim women, but in rural areas was also worn by jewish girls.
Rural areas presented less differences than big cities like Sana´a. The city life for jews was more interior and had less contact with the muslim population.
Most of the jewelers were jewish themselves and they used to work lots of hours in minimum details to generate that beauties made of fine filigree.
I´m pleased to offer this antique Labbeh Arabic Bedouin metal necklace from Sana ´a, Yemen. This beautiful necklace is worn around the neck and it´s formed by many parts chained up with each other.
The result is a glittering surface, that moves permanently with the head movements, and aims to chase bad spirits. This necklace was part of the dowry that the woman receives in the ocassion of marriage. Unique traditional jewel from the beginning of XX century.
Originally in Yemen, amulets were used because of their power to protect the wearer from evil and adversity. The use of amulets comes from remote times and it has been developed over the years.The talismans and the amulets are very present in all yemeni jewellery.
The use of talismans is associated to different symbols and magical forces. They help to hunt the bad spirits and give force to the person who wears it. The use has been transmitted generation after generation, by oral tradition. There was one talisman and a specific occasion for its use, as for example the use for babies, children, women or eldery people in different moments of life.
Jewish babies and small children used to wear hoods, full of amuletic pieces such as mother pearl, bells, chains and also coral beads.
When girls were going to get married, they used to wear the hoodie (gargush) with an amulet of triangle shape and showing red decoration, meant to protect her fertility. (more…)
I´m pleased to offer this pair of antique Jewish silver earrings from Yemen. Finely decorated using the chasing technique. The design remembers the classic Sanaani windows. Some little pieces of red coral are added to this special and rare design.
Spectacular Maria Theresia coin with red coral detailing from Yemen. It´s name has the origin in Maria Theresia, Arch-duchess of Austria, that governed from the 1740 to the 1780.
The first coin was minted in 1741 and there were many versions of it. But it was not until, at the insistence of Maria Theresia, this coin was minted with the highest standard of design, and with a strict regulation of the amount of silver that should contain, 28 grms of silver with 85% of purity.
Its high and reliable content of silver, as well as their aesthetic, played a very important role in their world-wide fame. The jewels that contain the Thaler, used to give status to the wearer, by the image of the Empress as by its brightness. It was used to say that its brightness attracts the devil and maintains it far from the person who wears it.
Bedouin Antique Silver Armlet from the Tihama Yemen.
I´m pleased to offer this spectacular antique silver bracelet or armlet, made in the West region of Yemen, the Tihama.
Delicate handmade work showing an excellent quality of workmanship. The design remembers a snake, beautifully decorated with engraved detail.You can change the measure and wear it on your upper arm, or as a bracelet. It looks great in both ways.
Unique piece of bedouin silver jewellery from the early XX century.
- Weight 59 grms.
- Internal diameter 7 cm.
- Pure Silver.