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Caucasus Region Folk Jewelry

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Middle Eastern: Pre 1900: Item # 984270

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Folk jewelry from a remote mountain village in the Caucasus region of Georgia has five agate stones and hanging silver-toned embossed disks. Most likely made by a village artisan, this piece has vitality in its less-than-perfect round and oval settings, the variegated orange hue of the stones and the faint jingle from the hanging disks. The design has a Middle Eastern feel, similar to jewelry made in the country of Dagestan, which borders Georgia on the northeast, and also to pieces from Central Asia. Originally it was most likely worn sewn through its end loops directly on to the collar of a festive dress. It can be displayed or worn as a conventional necklace by attaching a silk cord to the two end loops. The length of this late 19th century piece is 8” (20.4 cm), and the large round center agate and disks hang down 2 ¾” (7 cm).