AUD $90.00

5 "Kazak" Silver & Brown Beads.


These 5 relatively new Kazak style brass and silver beads from northern Afghanistan, are "inlaid" with a rich oxide red, almost brown resin, roughly resembling Carnelian. They have a richly useful colour blend working well with either gold or silver ingredients when you string them. (Combined with real Carnelian you can easily achieve a Middle Eastern feel, conjuring the mood of Coral and Carnelian.)

These are contemporary copies of traditional designs, made by hand by refugee silversmiths now resident in Nortern Aghanistan, and as such they are both affordable and their production offers continuity for their traditions, which might otherwise disappear.

The applied stamped silver designs can be gently polished with a dry "silver polishing cloth" but don't get too carried away or you'll polish the brass too much and you'll lose that lovely "old" feel.

Remember, it's best to do any polishing or cleaning in preparation before you start threading.

Each bead is "ovoid" measuring L 24 mm x W 20 mm, with a hole of about 3 mm, I comfortably thread them using a 3 mm bead or larger at each end as a pivot.

Other sizes and styles may also be available for mixing when you thread up your own designs.

Age: Contemporary, unused but only a few years old.

Size: L 24 mm x W 20 mm, each bead

Weight: 29 grams.