A Short Strand of Mixed Yemeni Beads and Pendants, Ethnic Beads 0767



This listing is for a short strand of mixed silver beads and pendants from Yemen. There are three strands to choose from:

Strand A: 11 beads, 4 round, 6 collared, 1 cage bead; 18g

Strand B: 13 beads: 8 collared beads and 5 pendants; 22g

Strand C: 10 beads: 3 collared beads and 3 pendants: 10g

Please see the scale photos for the size reference.

Yemeni beads were made of silver and copper alloy, of variable copper to silver ratio. The exact content of the metal in these beads is not known, but they appear to be lower silver content.

These beads are dated to the early 1900s. These are old beads, having gone through many hands and have seen much along the way. Some of the beads show substantial wear and some damage - please see the photos for detail.

The price is for one strand.

Yemenite jewelry-making goes back to the biblical Queen of Sheba and her gifts of jewelry to King Solomon. Later Islamic rule in Yemen imposed a prohibition on jewelry making on the Muslim population, and the art of Yemenite silversmithing became exclusively the domain of the Jewish community of Yemen, and it is to this community we owe the exquisite pieces of silver jewelry from Yemen. This art was passed from generation to generation. Today, however, the art of Yemenite silversmithing is in decline. Only just a handful of Jewish silversmiths remain in Yemen. Most Jewish families are now in Israel, but fewer and fewer of the young generation engage in the age-old tradition, and the beautiful objects of this trade become more and more of a piece of history.

Weights and sizes are approximate.

IMPORTANT NOTE. In the world of beads, and especially ancient and antique beads, errors in identification are common. We do our best to research and classify our beads accurately, however, mistakes are certainly possible. If you are a bead expert and notice any errors in the description, we invite you to please contact us and let us know. We are always grateful for any new information. We also accept returns no questions asked. See our Return Policy for detail.

COLORS: Our photos are taken in different lighting in an attempt to show how beads look in different lighting conditions. We make every effort to show colors as accurately as possible. The white background photos are taken in daylight conditions. The black background photos are taken in the strong lab light and would be representative of what they would look like in the evening electric light. Some of the photos are backlit to emphasize their translucency. Note that monitor settings strongly affect the way the colors look. What you see on your monitor may differ from what you see with a naked eye depending on your monitor settings.

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