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Buryat woman traditional jewellery decorations

Buryat woman traditional jewellery decorations

Buryat woman traditional jewellery decorations

Buryat woman traditional jewellery decorations

First of all, Buryat women paid great attention to jewelry. Female ornaments of eastern Buryats were distinguished by complexity and multicomponent. Made mainly of silver with inserts from coral (the most valuable was considered pink coral), turquoise and amber. Traditionally, the headdress of the Eastern Buryats is as follows: the upper part of the headdress denotes the sky – tengeri, red tassels – the rays of the sun – the naran, the lower part – the ground – the gasar. Hanging on the chest from a headdress, temple ornaments and earrings symbolize the stars, the sun, the moon, rain, snow, etc. Neck and breast decorations (guu) have fertile symbolism and correspond to the sign – Earth.
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Russian pearl jewellery

Russian pearl jewellery

Russian women pearl jewellery. “Woman in Toropetsky pearl headdress and scarf”. Unknown artist

Russian women pearl jewellery. In the seventeenth century, Russia has not yet mined gold or silver. But every Russian woman wore pearls: pearls on the dress, pearls on hats, on footwear, on handkerchiefs. Russia was a country of pearl. In the seventeenth century it was like a fishing – pearl could be found in 150 rivers. “There are provinces, such as Nizhny Novgorod, in which each woman had on her neck, on the headdress from 200 to 300 and sometimes up to thousands of real pearls.”
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Traditional headwear Tembleque

Traditional headwear Tembleque

Traditional headwear Tembleque – the pride of Panamanian women

Traditional headwear Tembleque is a part of folk dress Pollera – the pride of Panamanian women. The cost of this traditional dress, known since the time of the colonization of America by the conquistadors, today reaches several thousand dollars. Even more expensive is the complete folk dress with jewellery decorations (peinetas), pearl beads, and a special headwear (Tembleques) made of gold and pearls, the price can reach up to 15 000 dollars. The hair of beauties are decorated with tortoise shell combs with a gold plate complemented with pearl flowers and two dozen of gold pins, one of which resembles a dagger. No less complex are several rows of hanging accessories “duck tails”, “orange slices”, “solomons” – twisted chain, reminiscent of the column, which is supposed to have been at the Temple of Solomon. The girls don’t miss a chance to show such an expensive outfit at every opportunity. One of them – the January parade of pollera where the main beauty is selected. Her decorations complement another gold jewelry – a crown.
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Indonesian ethnic jewellery

Indonesian ethnic jewellery. West Of Sumatra

Indonesian ethnic jewellery. West Of Sumatra

Indonesian ethnic jewellery can be clearly seen in the important events, holidays, and of course weddings. Traditional Wedding in Indonesia – a time of great joy and happiness. In a traditional setting, which still prevails in most Indonesian regions, the suit is the concern of parents. The girl is not allowed to look for her husband alone, although she has the right to declare her preferences and to reject the proposed groom. Wedding ceremony, bridal dresses and jewelry in Indonesia are quite expensive, that’s why in the organization of the ceremony can take part a whole village or an entire street in the city. Bride’s decorations and dress, made of precious metals and stones are then kept as a family heirloom, and as a kind of financial contribution.
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Nepalese Ethnic Jewellery

Earring made in the 18th - 19th century

Earring made in the 18th – 19th century. Nepalese Ethnic Jewellery

Highlands of Nepal presented peoples living there a great variety of beautiful stones. These beautiful minerals boast riot of colors. These same mountains, as a natural barrier to civilization, have preserved unique Nepalese style decorations, which today are considered the oldest on earth. The origin of the Nepalese Ethnic Jewellery art goes back to many centuries before our era – the era of the gods and legends which narrate the sacred Vedas. Historically, the rise of jewellery art was fixed in Nepal during the rule of The Licchavi Dynasty (10th century) and The Malla Dynasty (15th century). Of the 70 nationalities living in Nepal, jewelers generally come from tribes of the Kathmandu Valley – Newar people. Ninety percent of all jewelers belong to those ethnic groups that traditionally pass their craft from generation to generation.
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Fulani Ethnic jewellery

Fulani Ethnic jewellery

Handed down between women through many generations Fulani Ethnic jewellery

Fulani Ethnic jewellery
The ultimate sign of wealth for many centuries, Fulani Ethnic jewellery handed down between women through many generations. Fulani, known for their striking clothes, and their ponderous gold decorations, is common for women and girls wearing silver coins and amber attached to their braids. Some of these coins are very old and treasured in the family.
Traditionally, the women wear many bracelets on their wrists, necklaces, earrings, nose rings and anklets. In fact, gold rings are a sign of wealth and indicate a certain status. Fancy gold earrings with a bow come in various sizes from small to huge, tied up directly to the ears. Their dimensions indicate the hierarchical position and the solvency of the owner. Fulani women love amber, considering it a stone that brings health, happiness, and love amulet.
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Ethnic Mongolian jewellery

Mongolian national costume

Ethnic Mongolian jewellery

Ethnic Mongolian jewellery has a rich history and centuries-old artistic traditions. In Mongolia, there are many nationalities. The women of these nationalities own their own characteristic decorations. The most impressive of them are headdress called Khalkha. The main element of this piece – a special hairstyle, which is more like horns or wings of the mythical bird Hangarudi. These wings are stacked with silver hairpins. The basis is also a cap of pure silver decorated with coral, pearls, turquoise. The lower part of braid is left in plain sight. Rich women covered braid with special cover with sewn on them silver plates with filigree ornaments and splashes of pearls, coral and turquoise.
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