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Tekke Turkoman, Gilt Silver Earhooks

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A pair of very wearable partially “gilt” silver drop earhooks, made by Turkoman Silversmiths now living in Northern Afghanistan. (The term “earhook” denotes a single piece earring with no seperate hook, it’s less jiggly to wear but makes a fixed statement allowing more of a slower swinging movement.)

Set with a “cabachon” teardrop Carnelian surrounded with various shades of Turquoises.
The style of gilding leads me to call these Tekke Turkoman, but they may be in the style of,
whatever the case, they look good.

The ear hook is a normal wearable thickness, and they aren’t heavy.

These are a high grade silver, possibly even Sterling, although they aren’t stamped.

As such, and with these thinner earwires one can assume they were made for the West, normally this might be considered negative.

All the better for us to be able to wear them comfortably.

And on another level, by buying these we are not only supporting living Silver Smiths, 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.

Perfect for either general wear, or classy belly dancing (although they don’t have dangles.)

These are almost identical to TE103, but have cut out “s’s” and a variation in the gilt detail.

Age: Contemporary

Size: H 77 mm x W 35 mm

Weight: 17 grams