Turkoman, Large Oval Pendant, Granulated and Fire-Gilded 2.5x2 inches


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  • Large Turkoman fire-gilded and granulated pendant 2.5 inches wide x 2 inches tall with red glass center
  • Substantial (6mm thick) with some wear showing on suspension loops, but in perfect condition and of high quality silver, probably about 30 years old
  • It would cost twice as much if the center were carnelian
  • Only one available
  • Turkoman jewelry is characterized by its large scale, the use of fire-gilding on silver, granulation, and sinuous lines full of meaning to those who have studied the culture. Traditionally only carnelian stones were used, but now some lapis lazuli, black onyx and even turquoise is incorporated, mostly for export.
  • The nomadic Turkoman people have traditionally migrated throughout Central Asia, Iran and Afghanistan since the 11th century, finding new grazing for their herds of goats, sheep, horses and camels.  They are known for their carpet making skills, and fabulous jewelry for humans and animals. Today many have settled and become farmers in Turkmenistan, but other groups try to maintain their nomadic lifestyle.