|Materials||Silver (unknown metal content)|
|Made In||Tibet or in Nepal by Tibetan refugees.|
|Approximate Age||20th century|
|Overall Condition||Good. Some of our beads have traveled at least three continents, and have graced numerous owners. Small chips, corrosion, and pitting are a normal part of their patina attesting to their age and extensive use.|
|Pendant Size||1.5 x 0.5 inches. See picture with penny for size comparison.|
Tibetan beads and jewelry are handmade, and every item is slightly different. The item you receive may not be a perfect match with the item pictured. The picture is an example. Yours will be similar. You are purchasing 5 per order.
The Dorje or thunderbolt is a symbol of divine power and the wisdom of the Buddha.
Perched 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. Tibet has long been a cultural hub and is known worldwide for its astonishing jewelry. Historically, Tibetan silversmiths and metalworkers produced intricately worked jewelry for decorative and religious purposes. 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 snobberies 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. Almost all of our things come from a Tibetan family who lives in the United States, with relatives who are refugees in Nepal as well as in Tibet. It is a woman-owned company, which not only employs many family members in the U.S. but also provides jobs for more than 90 Tibetan refugees in Nepal. I buy about twice a year, and each buy is HUGE.
My friend's house and warehouse have Tibetan prayer flags in the courtyard. I always have dozens of cups of tea, and one traditional Tibetan tea with butter and salt. Their living room is full of Tibetan art, Buddhas draped in white silk scarves, ghau prayer boxes with pictures of the Dalai Lama, and the Tibetan Flag. Your purchase supports good people, in at least three countries.
To see other examples of Ethnic jewelry from around the world please see A WORLD OF NECKLACES (Leurquin), AFRICA ADORNED (Fisher), JEWELS FROM ELSEWHERE (Maggi, Melesi, Pensotti), and ETHNIC JEWELRY (van der Star Collection), and THE SPLENDOR of ETHNIC JEWELRY (Borel).