This is a vintage Kuchi tribal bracelet from Afghanistan. This beauty is inlaid with a large round blue lapis lazuli stone in the center and is accented with smaller round ones on each side. This kuchi piece is made with silver metal with an ornate dimensional tribal pattern. It is nice and wide in the front but tapers to the back so that it is more comfortable to wear. Lots of ornate detailed pattern on this one! Let your bohemian style fly free with this beauty!
Please keep in mind that most Kuchi and Turkoman / Turkmen / Turkomen items are old and used items with a distinct aged patina. They are a nomadic Afghan people who have created amazing jewelry for centuries. Their colorful jewelry combines new, old, metal, beads, coins, stones and fabric. Many pieces are worn due to being used from every day wear, tribal celebrations, belly dance and wedding uses. They are made with a coin-base metal alloy.
Condition: Great vintage condition, vintage patina
Measurements: 7" inside plus 1 1/4" opening
Width: 1.88" or 47.80 mm wide
Weight: 55.9 grams
Please examine enlarged photos for details. Much more beautiful in real life.
I am not an expert on vintage jewelry, but I do buy and sell what I love! Since these items are vintage, they may have a wonderful aged patina and are not meant or expected to look brand new. I treasure their imperfections as part of their charm and history.
History: Name from Latin lapis meaning "stone" and the Persian "lazhuward" blue.
Formed minerals which include mostly lazurite, sodalite, calcite and pyrite. Colors range from medium to royal blue with gold flecks of pyrites.
It has a long history and interesting as it's intense color. Lapis Lazuli has been one of the most sought after stones. Symbol of wisdom, truth, royalty, honor, power, spirit and vision.
Highly prized in ancient Egypt. The sarcophagus of King Tutankhamen was inlaid with Lapis. It was used in jewelry, ground for dyes, eye shadow and medicinal elixirs. The deep blue was a high contrast to the desert lands. Garments of priests and royalty were dyed with lapis.
To ancient Persia and pre-Columbian America it was a symbol of the starry night. Islamic Orient used it for protection from the evil eye. Greeks and Romans used it as an ornamental stone. In medieval Europe it was believed to counteract spirits of darkness and aid the spirits of light and wisdom. Michelangelo had it ground into power for paint. Buddhists believe it brings inner peace and freedom from negative thought.
Believed to activating higher mind and enhance intellect Stimulates the desire for knowledge, truth, understanding learning. A stone of truth, helps with both spoken and written work. Stone of friendship and harmony. Can bring calm and communication. Reveals inner truth, self-awareness, honesty and compassion.
Believed to be beneficial for circulation, cardiac rhythm, vertigo, blood pressure throat, larynx, vocal chords, endocrine glands, thyroid glands and insomnia. Helps relieves pain and inflammations.
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