Antique Old Siver Yemeni Silver and Red Coral Necklace with Globe beads and Unusual Dome Silver Filigree Pendant 0789


This listing is for a traditional tribal Yemeni necklace. Made of untreated red coral and silver, still with the riginal stringing, this necklace features an unusual dome-shaped filigree pendant with dangles, granulated silver "berry" beads, and small globe beads with star design.

The necklace 15.5" long excluding the pendant. The pendant with danges adds 20mm. The coral beads are approximately 3x4mm. The globe filigree beads are 20x18mm The weight of the necklace is 48g.

The coral is natural and untreated, the silver content in the pendants and amulets is unknown. Yemenite silver, as a rule is an alloy of silver and copper, but the relative content of the two metals in the alloy varies.

One dangle on the dome pendant is missing.

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 of 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 tis 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 of the 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 a piece of history.

Weights and sizes are approximate.

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