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Tibetan Necklace Black Stone Beads Silver Pendant

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Title Tibetan Necklace Black Stone Beads Silver Pendant
Materials unknown metal content, painted glass, mother of pearl.
Made In Tibet or Nepal by Tibetan Refugees
Approximate Age Contemporary
Overall Condition Very good.
People Tibetan
Necklace Length 18 inches
Pendant Size 1.75 x 2 inches


Additional informationPerched on a plateau in the Himalayas 16,000 feet above sea level, Tibet at first glance appears to be a remote country overshadowed by its much larger neighbors--India to the West and China to the East. In fact, Tibet has long been a cultural hub and is known worldwide for its astonishing jewelry. Historically, red coral from the Mediterranean, deep blue turquoise from Iran and pearls and conch shells from the Indian Ocean were imported to supplement native amber, green turquoise, agates and precious metals. Using these materials, Tibetan silversmiths and metalworkers produced intricately worked jewelry for decorative and religious purposes. These artists would be commissioned by rich patrons, who would offer them lodging and food while the desired piece was being finished.


Today many of the painstaking methods of creating jewelry by hand have given way to semi-automated processes, and plastics and resins are used side-by-side with traditional materials. Tibetans have none of our snobbery when it comes to materials—extremely expensive pieces with sterling silver are often accompanied by resins and plastics! Having taken all of these changes in its stride, Tibet continues to provide the world with gifted jewelers and breathtaking jewelry.

We began carrying Tibetan pieces because they make exquisite beads and jewelry, and also because we are passionately committed to a Free Tibet. 


Recommended reading: Jewellery of Tibet and the Himalayas by John Clarke