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I´m pleased to offer this antique gorgeous necklace from the East Yemen, Hadramout.
This beauty is made with Red and Black coral beads, combined with a variety of antique yemeni silver beads. The silver pieces are from the early XX century.
The Red Coral beads are Mediterranea antique coral from the sea fields around Sicily, they are untreated and undyed. The colour is delicate salmon. This beads of coral have around 100 to 150 years.
The black coral beads are antique and very appreciated in yemeni jewelry. This beads are rare, and they have a special decoration made with silver inlay.
The chain is made of pure silver. Stunning handmade jewel and extremely good workmanship. One of kind piece.
SPECIAL PRICE FOR PRIVATE COLLECTORs: 510 EUROS.
I´m pleased to offer this antique bedouin silver and black coral necklace from Yemen. All the beads are from the early XX century. It shows an excellent quality of workmanship.
Beautiful talismanic piece used as symbol of fertility.
All black coral beads are antique and decorated with silver inlay. This Red Sea black coral is antique, rare to find and very appreciated in Yemeni Jewellery.
Beautiful piece for collectors.
Weight 75 grms, Length 41cm.
The hamsa hand (Arabic) or hamesh hand (Hebrew) is an old and still popular amulet for magical protection from the envious or evil eye. The words hamsa and hamesh mean “five” and refer to the digits on the hand. The alternative Islamic name for this charm is the Hand of Fatima, in reference to the daughter of Mohammed, Fatima Zahra. For the Jewish community the name for it is the Hand of Miriam, in reference to the sister of Moses and Aaron. In the jewish communities is more likely to be found in the Sephardic Jewry more than the Ashkenazi Jewelry. (more…)
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.
Weight: 79 grms. 49 cm.
Price 540 euros.
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…)
I´m pleased to offer this pair of antique jewish silver earrings from Yemen.
Excellent quality of workmanship.
Very nice filigree detail and several dangling beads.
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.
Weight: 202 grms. Height 11 cm.
Price 130 euros.
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…)
Antique Jewish Silver and Amber Ring Yemen
Here´s a beautiful antique Yemeni Jewish Silver and Amber Ring.
The decoration is classic Bedihi granulation work, very appreciated in Yemen Silver Jewels.
The bead of amber is antique yemeni amber, with a dark brown colour with some creamy clouds.
This ring was likely to be made before the 1940´, and it´s in excellent condition.
Unique ethnic ring to add to your collection.
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.
Bawsani Jewish Silver and Gold Pendant.
Yemeni jewelry has one of the most spectacular, rich and diverse style of all the Middle East countries. Traditionally, the jewelry was made for special events as weddings representing the bridal gift, given to the bride by the groom´s family. Unique designs were given to the woman for that important event.
The bridal gift represented a financial investment and also a protective symbol.
The silver jewelry in Yemen is related to the old jewish communities, established in this land since the ancient times of King Salomon and responsible for the most exceptional craftsmenship, creating the most beautiful jewels. (more…)
Yemeni Bedouin Necklace
As Yemen began to prosper thanks to the huge increase in coffee trade, merchants began to look for new ways to protect and store their wealth. They turned to the famous jewelers and silvermiths of Yemen to create breathtaking and valuable silver necklaces that often cost as much as one year’ salary.
One such design is the known as the Labbeh. The labbeh design was so popular that similar versions can be found in other parts of the Middle East as well as North and East Africa. It is without doubt, however, the labbeh originating from Yemen are the most beautiful.
Most arabic necklaces are designed with a special object known by Arabs as a ‘Hirz’ and by Jews as a ‘Ktab’. The role the Hirz plays in the design of the jewelry is to be a lucky charm that holds religious quotations and prayers. It is thought that this would keep the wearer safe and offer spiritual protection. Hirzes are usually cylindrical in shape but you can also find them in rectangular form. The most common feature of a Hirz is the central gemstone, often a Yemeni agate. (more…)
Detailed inscriptions from the maker
The design of Yemen jewelry shares many similarities with that of the rest of the Middle East, North Africa and South East Asia. Indeed, due to mass migration between people of those countries, the influences of jewelry design also went with them. The most significant story within the history of Yemen jewelry design is the influence and movement of Jewish communities.