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Antique Scottish pebble agate jewelery

Antique Scottish pebble agate jewelery

Leaf brooch. Silver, red, black, purple and marsh agate. 1880s 6 cm. £ 400-700 LYNH. Antique Scottish pebble agate jewelery

Antique Scottish pebble agate jewelery
Now very rare, Scottish silver products with the inserts of agate, granite and other local stones. Such jewellery became especially popular when Queen Victoria, always feeling proud of her Scottish ancestors, bought Bolmoral Castle in 1848. In the design of the Celtic hand-made jewelry, they were often more refined and often made according to individual orders.
Craftsmen used agate, a variegated veined variety of chalcedony, in costume jewelry from the time of the Roman Empire, usually carved in the form of oval cabochon or figurines. The muted colors of agate — swampy green, rusty red and ocher — combined with the gray tones of granite matched the palette of the Scottish landscape. Agate biotechnology sometimes inherited the forms of Celtic embellishments. For example, a dagger brooch or a round brooch with a long hanging pin, a black topoloch motif, a harp, a Celtic cross and heraldic attributes for a weapon. All – made of polished agate, trimmed in silver with engraving.
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Ilya Palkin jewelry design studio

Sunny chariot. Ilya Palkin jewelry design studio

Sunny chariot. Material – silver 925, gilding, inserts – hot enamel, pearls. size 12×2.5×7 cm. Author Vera Palkina. Awarded with the 1st degree diploma in the “Interior decoration” nomination at the “Jewelry Olympus” competition in St. Petersburg. December 2010. Ilya Palkin jewelry design studio

Ilya Palkin jewelry design studio
An old Russian city of Kostroma is famous for its jewelry masters, who brought the city the title of a jewellery capital of Russia. One of such masters, Ilya Palkin, alongside with his wife Vera work in their own art studio creating unique decorations based on the folk and Slavic motifs. In their creative duo, Vera is responsible for the design and Ilya, in particular, embodies her ideas into life. The gallery of their jewellery works include Russian fairy tale with flowering fern, a rupture-grass, Yaril-sun, owls and birds, smiling snakes, fish, cats and hares, etc. Meanwhile, each piece, whether it’s a bird or just a nameless character, is anthropomorphic in some ways and certainly animate.
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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

The pride of Panamanian women, Traditional headwear Tembleque

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, their price can reach up to 15 000 dollars.
Besides, the hair of beauties – 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. Also, no less complex are several rows of hanging accessories “duck tails”, “orange slices”, or “solomons” – twisted chain, reminiscent of the column, supposed to have been at the Temple of Solomon.
Meanwhile, the girls don’t miss a chance to show such an expensive outfit at every opportunity. And one of them – the January parade of pollera where the participants select main beauty. 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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