AUD $480.00

Kazak, Carnelian, Silver and Gilt Necklace.

An impressive “Kazak” necklace, with 9 brass (or gilt silver ) domes decorated with applied wedges of contrasting Silver classic Kazak stamped “false granulation” and twisted wire filigrees.
Each is centred with a dome of deep red Carnelian, a little like “eye balls”, probably quite intentionally, to avert the Evil eye.

Of these 7 round domes 3 (Diam. 35 mm) are joined solidly, and 4 (Diam. 30 mm) are linked with old jump rings, flowing to follow the wearers contours.
From these 3 large central domes 5 “loop in loop” chains each support a silver “tongue.”
The silver hook at the back of the neck, can be hooked into the chain to shorten if needed.

A rich almost Dark Age or Medieval piece well suited to Pageantry.

An ocassional light polish with a dry Silver Polishing Cloth will help bring up the Silver details.

It was made I think by refugee Silversmiths now settled in Afghanistan, not old but in an affordable Kazak style.

And on another level, by buying these we are not only supporting living Silversmiths, but also encouraging them to work in traditional styles and techniques.
Therefore creating a continuance for their culture, which is being smothered by the seductions of the Modern World.

Now settled in towns and villages traditional nomads are more and more being seduced by the now, for modern, and abandoning their distinguishing traditions as old fashioned.

All to often they’re happily aspiring to glitzy mass produced, even machine made, gold pieces from India.

(Oh, and the backgrounds are 19th Century William Morris Wallpaper designs, not Russian Export Cottons, however, the latter would have been influenced by whatever was popular in Europe at the time.
And I’m sure William Morris, Liberty and the Arts and Crafts movement, as a whole, would have liked this traditionally handcrafted “Medieval necklace!”)

Age: Late 20 th/Early 21st Century.

Size: L 410 mm (including chain.)

Weight: 182 grams.