Turkoman Vintage Heart-Shaped Pendant with Carnelian, 2x3 inces


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  • Lovely vintage Turkoman heart shaped pendant with carnelian, 2x3 inches
  • Elaborate etched and fire-gilded designs
  • Price takes into account small flow of excess solder on one side
  • This is a miniature version of what traditionally was a pendant as much as a foot across worn attached to a married woman's braids on her back
  • 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.