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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.

Amulet box

Amulet box. Silver gilt covered with cut and shaped semi-precious and precious stones. 18th – 19th century. Nepalese Ethnic Jewellery

The key elements of Nepalese Ethnic Jewellery – handmade pendants or beads of gold, brass or silver, richly inlaid with mother of pearl, turquoise, coral, carnelian beads and exotic Dzi bead. These parts are as unique, as the culture of the region. Tibetan decorations attract and instantly impress with the bright and rich colors – blue, green, turquoise, red coral, amber honey, shiny pearls skillfully and masterfully used in the massive complex compositions. The design of these decorations is simple, but the amount that can be worn, amazing! This can be a 5, 6 or more strands of beads of different lengths and sizes.

Buckle made of gold

Buckle made of gold, coral, turquoise, gem stones, 19th century. Nepalese Ethnic Jewellery

Earrings. Silver and silver gilt

Earrings. Silver and silver gilt, with semi-precious and precious stones, 18th or 19th century. Nepalese Ethnic Jewellery

Art museum, San Francisco)

Newari work, 18th-early 19th century (collection of Avery Brundage of Asian Art museum, San Francisco)

Pendant with inlaid precious and semi precious stones

Pendant with inlaid precious and semi precious stones, Newari work, Nepal 18th-19th century. From the collection of Avery Brundage Asian Art Museum of San Francisco

Set of ceremonial jewelry, made of precious and semi precious stones, 17th-18th century, Nepal

Set of ceremonial jewelry, made of precious and semi precious stones, 17th-18th century, Nepal.(collection of National Museum of Scotland)

Turquoise and ruby gem set gilded copper breast plate

Turquoise and ruby gem set gilded copper breast plate, the Kathmandu Valley, 18th – 19th century

Headdress ornament, gilt silver with precious carved stone inlay

Headdress ornament, gilt silver with precious carved stone inlay, Newari work Nepal 18th-early 19th century

Original Nepalese beads decorated with numerous relief patterns and inlaid with turquoise and coral crumb, made by Nepalese craftsmen by hand:

Gold bead

Gold Dzi bead

Dzi beads, called Tibetan beads, or Tibetan coral, are found primarily in Tibet, but also in neighboring Bhutan, Nepal, Ladakh and Sikkim.

Silver beads

Silver Dzi beads

Dzi beads are worn as a talisman for good luck and protection from evil spirits. Ancient Tibetan Dzi beads are highly valued, it is believed that their energy accumulated over decades. In fact, the Dzi beads is a symbol of certain energies, no matter it is an old or modern, the main thing is to believe in its ability to change the situation. Modern Dzi beads are made of agate, quartz and even silver. The number of Beads Dzi beads is distinguished by the “eye” and a characteristic pattern on the surface. Very popular are “big-eyed” Dzi beads and hidden meaning that they are interpreted as follows:

2-eyed Dzi bead – love and family relations
3- eyed Dzi bead – a symbol of love, health, wealth.
4-eyed Dzi bead – a symbol of success, wisdom, confidence and calm.
5-eyed Dzi bead – a symbol of successful initiatives.
6-eyed Dzi bead – a symbol of surprising longevity.
8-eyed Dzi bead – a symbol of restoration of physical strength.
9-eyed Dzi bead – rapid success, wealth.

Nepalese Jewellery

Nepalese Ethnic Jewellery – Dzi beads

Nepalese Jewellery - beads

Nepalese Ethnic Jewellery – Dzi beads

Nepalese Jewellery - beads

Nepalese Ethnic Jewellery – Dzi beads

Nepalese Jewellery - beads

Nepalese Ethnic Jewellery – Dzi beads

Of course, Nepalese Tibetans have lots of types and forms of jewelry – long earrings, big rings, containers for amulets, fasteners for clothing, items for hats. All they amaze with their craftsmanship, a riot of colors and sizes. Rings decorated with large fragments of turquoise and coral, in earrings also prefer to use turquoise. Welfare can be assessed immediately by the number of jewelry a woman is wearing. Perhaps in this context it is appropriate to recall the proverb “All I carry with myself.” This custom is associated primarily with the nature of nomadic peoples – the most valuable is always with you.

Nepalese Shaman belt

Nepalese Shaman belt

Three shamanic amulet brass patina

Three shamanic amulet brass patina; height of 5-7 cm, Nepal

Kathmandu, Nepal

Kathmandu, Nepal

Nepal, Himalayas

Nepal, Himalayas

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