Stunning, multi stone, gold-guilded Turkmen pendant
Utterly fabulous. Totally dramatic. Eminently collectible.
Entirely handmade using age-old techniques, this pendant is made out of a thick silver alloy sheet which ensures its sturdiness- this jewelry can't be easily bend! The pendant's main body has been engraved with an abstract, likely floral, pattern. The most distinctive feature of Turkmen jewelry, however, is the partial gold gilding, and the ensuing bi-metal look.
Another recognizable feature is the prominent bezel set stones- whether genuine carnelians or imitation glass stones, as in this case. The red color symbolizes vitality, fertility, and happiness, and thus, in the hostile desert and steppe landscape, they acquire a particular significance. Strategically placed, these stone are also believed to ward off the evil eye. Not sure what the significance of green and blue color is- but from a wearability pint of view, we'll take all the colors and more!
Cascading down the bottom edge of the pendant, topped with coral and mother of pearl beads, are the traditional handmade loop-in-loop chains. Tapered silver beads hang from these chains, forming a fluid fringe.
Pendants like these, depending on their size and shape, were worn by Teke Turkmen tribal women as braid and hair ornaments, necklaces, or sewn onto their garments, often in pairs with one along each shoulder. A warm patina remains, giving this old necklace a glow that only the passage of time can create. This pendant comes ready to wear strung on a grey suede cord.
Composition: Silver 800 + red, green and blue glass stones, coral, and mother of pearl beads.
Stamped: No visible markings.
Measurements: 14cms long and 4.5 cms at the widest.
Weight: 32.4 gms
Age: early 20th century.
Country of origin: Turkmenistan/Central Asia
Please note: (1) All the jewelry in this collection is vintage, and thus neither new nor in mint condition. Wear, dents, scratches, oxidation, etc. are in keeping with the age of the jewelry.
(2) All the jewelry has been gently cleaned to remove surface dirt and oils but not the patina- which in our view adds immensely to the appeal of vintage pieces. While in great condition (none of the jewelry is broken/chipped/in need of repair), all were previously owned by someone else, and while not perfect each is full of old history and charm. Please use accompanying photographs to make your decision and be sure to ask any questions you may have before purchase.
(3) It is also worth reminding that since the jewelry is shot in close-up mode, the pieces may look bigger than actual size. Conversely, some large pieces may look smaller in pictures. Always refer to the mentioned dimensions.