AUD $88.00

Tekke Turkoman, Gilt Silver Earrings.

Sorry, this pair of Tekke earrings, are no longer available. We may however have a very similar pair if you're after them.

 A pair of very wearable partially “gilt” silver dangling earrings, made by Turkoman Silversmiths in Northern Afghanistan.
An ornate earhook with a tiny "Turquoise" (?) supports a swinging, cut out silhouette with perced details and set with a flat oval teardrop Carnelian accented with two small Evil Eye Blue "Turquoise" Glass domes.

The style of gilding leads me to call these Tekke Turkoman,
but they may be "in the style of" but 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.

As such, and with the 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 thinking of them as old fashioned.
All to often they’re happily aspiring to glitzy mass produced, even machine made, gold pieces from India.
When this happens the Silver Smiths have to adapt making “newer” designs or forgetting old techniques and styles in doing so.
So those of us who think, “Is it old?” “Is it Genuine?” are perhaps going to need to be a little more flexible, as ’Genuine Older pieces" become harder to find and consequently more expensive.

Perfect for either general wear, or classy belly dancing!

Age: Contemporary

Size: H 72 mm x W 30 mm

Weight: 8 grams