Turkoman (Turkman) Artistry – Afghanistan
Five classic ethnic beads, often referred to as collared double-dome silver beads are now on offer to the most astute beader.
This unique collection of rather unusual Afghani Turkoman beads have been made by fusing two silver dome-shaped pieces together to form an oval.
Then, to conceal the joined area around the middle, an open collar is attached with solder and then enamelled with a colour resembling a gemstone - in this case it’s the subtle hue of green to epitomise the colour of turquoise.
These highly sought after handmade Turkoman beads provide lots of potential for creativity for those artisans with a bent for creating ethnic style jewellery.
Tribal and ethnic in every sense, these handmade beads have been crafted by the nomadic Turkoman people – an ethnic group native to Central Asia and living mainly in Turkmenistan and the north eastern regions of Afghanistan and Iran.
And there’s no doubt they can be utilised in creating amazing Middle Eastern-inspired statement jewellery pieces including earrings, necklaces, bracelets and anklets.
They are hollow, crude in texture and each bead is individually crafted in the Turkoman style. The beads are often used as currency when trading for goods.
The five beads in this collection weigh in at about 18 grams - have been heavily discounted and now work out to cost $9.00 each.
All our ethnic Turkoman beads contain a decent 2-3mm top-drill hole which is suitable for threading with round leather, tigertail or craftline (similar to 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.