AUD $130.00

Pashtun, Silver Earhoops

 

A slim pair of unusual, traditional Nomad’s hoops from the border regions of Southern Afghanistan.
(the unusual feature is the addition of a single faceted red glass "stone" held in with worn "zig zag" teeth (some of which are worn away) They are made of Tribal Coin Silver which has been been polished though not too much. They’re been filed down for Western ears, I think, and are basically around 1.5 mm thick, (about 14 gauge) at the point you'd wear them, a bit thicker, around 2.5 mm further down where you wouldn't need to worry as it doesn't need to go through.

Remember, you gently disengage them, then gently bend them SIDEWAYS to open, gently closing them the same way.
NEVER pull the circle out of shape, “keep the circle, opening it sideways and back,” for minimal wear/stress, on the hoop.
(experienced Tribal Girl’s suggest the aid of Vaseline, for easier penetration.
Some even apply them from the rear, they’ll try anything to solve a problem, call it Tribal ingenuity.
I suggest you close your eyes to make it easier. It helps.)

The nomad’s, not trusting bank’s or anybody else, for that matter, wear more than one in the same hole, as banking, when they can afford to, selling some as the need arises.
But that’s what Nomad/Tribal Jewellery is all about, her personal/portable wealth and it’s added Amuletic protection.


These hoops feature pods, as decoration, often these represent Opium Poppy pods, though these may not. 
Quite worn mellow pods combining worn detailing around the centre against tapered fluting.
I’ve seen these polished up by a Silversmith, shocking as it was, (see polishing), the result was, to some people, quite stunning!

These have a lovely tone, of mellow wear and are very individual and stylish, just the metal, no stones.
There are horizontal grooves on both of them which to me are from manufacturing, but I don't think they are a problem as you won't be bending or stretching them unnecessarily, will you ?

So, if you’re stylish, and have worn bigger earrings in your youth, think about these, they’re REAL hoops with a smooth, earthy character.

Check, also, if we have any variations available TE237 (which has this pod) may still be available.

Age: Mid/Late 20th century.

Size: W 48mm x H 36 mm

Weight: 14 grams.