AUD $88.00
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Tekke Turkoman, Gilt Silver Earhooks.

 Sorry, these simple hooks are no longer available. However, we may still have a similar pair.

A shorter 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 swinging or slower movement.)

Set with a “cabachon” teardrop Carnelian surrounded with inscribed scrolling foliage that has then been “fire gilded”.
This style of gilding leads me to call these “Tekke Turkoman”, but they are probably 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.

But, 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.

We haven't polished them so they can colour up, however if you want the silver to shine more, just give them a gentle polish with a dry Silver Polishing Cloth.

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

These are almost identical to TE122, which have different gilding and an outline of small silver balls surrounding the stone. And very similar to TE123, which have no gilding.

 

Age: Contemporary

Size: H 62 mm x W 30 mm

Weight: 11 grams