We endeavour to be as accurate as possible in our descriptions of items we offer for sale.
If we’re not fairly sure we’ll say so.

Remember, we’ve been trading for over twenty five years and have an established reputation for service and honesty.

Occasionally we find pieces we’ve never seen before, nor can we find them or anything like them in our Books or on the web (which is infinitely unreliable, anyway.)
It’s hard to describe these, you look for similarities in style and decorative details.
Some may be recognisable as say culturally Tibetan Buddhist, but which country in that cultural realm is open to debate.
We’d put these under Tibetan then qualify it with (?)

Things travel and are traded before we find them, once again blurring accurate attribution.
But then again, a little bit of mystery adds to the romance.

Things we want you to be able to see but we can’t as yet place, are plonked together under the title “Turkestan”, this was one of the names that appeared on old maps describing the whole of Central Asia, a vague area including the Silk Route.
Names and borders change with time often slicing through Tribal territories, Nomads aren’t bound by borders.
This is exposed by the number of countries mentioned when describing the Nomadic Pashtun Tribal area straddling Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan depending on the season and the individual Tribal group we’re describing.

Most Tribal Silver Jewellery that we sell is made from “Coin Silver”, made from melted down coins.
The silver content of this can vary from 70% to 90%, as old jewellery is also melted down and added to the mix, used over and over.
It’s not really the silver value that concerns us, as such, but the “genuineness” of the piece.
We like it old, worn, with some knocks and dents reflecting it’s age and character.
The fact that it has been worn in real Tribal Life, on Nomadic Migrations and to Festivals and carries some marks of wear, before finally becoming broken or decrepit.
At this point it would normally be remelted and reused.
Our aim is to rescue pieces that whilst characterful, still have some wear left in them to be appreciated by the Tribal Jewellery Collector/Wearer, like you.
It is actually getting quite hard finding pieces that are obviously old, but not too old.

There are also lesser quality pieces made using lower alloys like “gilit” which often contain brass and nickel and very little if any silver. These “gilit” pieces, though cheaper, are made for poorer nomads (Kuchi) and whilst very colourful are not usually of the same quality as their Coin Silver pieces.
An obvious example being the use of fake coins instead of genuinely dated old silver coins.

Newer pieces made of Sterling Silver (92.5% silver) are more than likely made for the West (for Export or the Tourist market) however they do help the continuance of traditions and techniques, also creating work for living Craftsmen and their dependants.
This is important, for example, as Nomads are being forced to settle and these Semi – Nomads are finding their pastures taken and migration paths blocked.
Their traditions will eventually tone down and become less pure, losing their functions and becoming decorative ie tentbands and pole bags will become obsolete, whereas decorative hangings will now be displayed in the home.

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