Ghazni Turkoman (Turkman) Artistry - Afghanistan
A collection of 11 ethnic cylinder beads with silver wire whipped circular frames wrapped around dark onyx enamel inlay (resembling gemstones) - are distinctly middle eastern.
Tribal and ethnic in every sense, these handmade beads have been crafted by the nomadic Ghazni Turkoman people – an ethnic group native to Central Asia and living mainly in Turkmenistan, and the east and northeastern regions of Afghanistan and Iran.
They can be used to create ethnic-inspired statement jewellery such as earrings, necklaces, bracelets, or anklets.
They are hollow, crudely designed, but smooth in texture, while each bead is individually crafted by hand in the Turkoman style.
The beads are often used as currency when trading for goods.
In this collection, the 11 beads weigh in at about 20 grams - have been heavily discounted, and now work out to cost roughly $5.00 each.
All our ethnic Turkoman beads contain a decent 1.5-2.5mm drill hole suitable for threading with headpins, round leather, tiger tail, or craftline (similar to a fishing line).
The accompanying photos illustrate what to expect in your order. But please be mindful that from time to time there may be some minor variations depending on availability.
Please also bear in mind many of these beads are not new, nor have they been mass-produced. They are hand-made, contain imperfections, and are aged-worn.