Gorgeous one of a kind jewish Bawsani antique Yemeni Earrings. The filigree is a traditional jewish yemeni technique, done showing the craftsmen expertise.
This design shows a filigree flower, and lovely dangling silver bells to avoid bad spirits. All Yemeni jewellery is used as a talisman to protect the wearer.
The top shows antique Red Mediterranean coral, usually present in jewish yemeni pieces as it´s believed that it purifies the blood and protects from bleeding. The coral found in Yemen comes from the times of the trade with Levante area, when Yemen exported coffe beans, and received Red Italian Coral as payment.
Measures are: 15 grms, 6 cm height.
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Gorgeous handmade Yemeni Antique Silver Ring. This ring it´s an old Sanaani piece made by jewish jewellers around the first half of the XX century. The granulation technique is really exceptional on this piece. The size is 7 USA, 14 Europe and it has 17,5 mm diameter.
Superbe Yemeni Antique Bracelet from the East of Yemen, the region of Hadramout. The geometric style of the deco is classic from the region. On the top and the sides, three prominent buttons, very common on Bedouin pieces.
Is made of brass showing a beautiful wheat colour. This bracelet was collected in the region of Wadi Doan on my last trip to Yemen. The age of the piece I estimate can be more than 60 years, it certainly shows signs of being worn.
The bracelet weighs 295 grms, and it measures: inner diameter 6 cm, width 7 cm.
Bawsani Red coral and Silver filigree necklace. Antique unique piece from the earlies 1900´. Hallmarked. This is an example of the most delicate workmanship from Yemen, always related to jewish jewellers.
Stunning filigree (shabk) detailing and antique red coral from the marine fields around Sicily, in the Mediterranean sea. Weight 70gs. Height of the pendant with dangling beads 7cm.
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.
Yemen silver jewelry stands out from jewelry found in other parts of the world because of its sheer richness in history, uniqueness and authenticity. Its history stretches from the time of the Queen of Sheba through to the modern history of the Jewish communities and the creation of the state of Israel.
The Queen of Sheba, written about in the Bible, ruled over southern Arabia in the periods between 3000 and 1000bc. Her power base was in the Marib area of modern day Yemen and many archaeological sites have been uncovered that refer to her. In amongst these sites have been found ancient bracelets, necklaces and amulets whose styles can still be found in contemporary Yemen jewelry design. The Queen of Sheba had a relationship with King Solomon to whom she would give gifts from Yemen of gold, incense and jewelry featuring amber and silver beads. (more…)
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…)
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.