Vintage Tribal Ring- Ghazni Afghanistan Carnelian, Size 10
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Vintage Tribal Ring- Ghazni Afghanistan Carnelian, Size 10


Afghan Tribal Arts has been importing from Afghanistan and the region since the 1980’s. The focus is on vintage textiles and tribal jewelry as well as new gemstone beads made for jewelry designers. Clicking on the Shop on Etsy button will take you to our shop there where you can see what is currently in stock.

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If you like large, chunky rings, this will certainly become a favorite! The stone is large with that warmth brought by blood carnelian, an agate. It sits on a heavy, silver casing which has raised swirl designs, typical of Islamic decorations. There is a very small nick on the side of the stone. Look closely and you will see it on two of the images. I only noticed it when I was really looking at it for this listing, but it is there.

The ring does show signs of wear and we are guessing that it is from the 1960’s. But, who really knows? It comes from Ghazni, Afghanistan, one of the central Pashtun provinces well known for its silver work and other crafts. This was probably a man’s ring, but anyone who loves it could wear it nowadays!

The Pashtun are the largest ethnic majority of Afghanistan and this is one of their jewelry samples. Like their needlework, they are drawn to organic shapes that reflect nature. Islam forbids using animal or people in their designs, one more sign that this was probably made by a tribal group in a remote area. The Kuchi, for example, sometimes incorporate animal motifs in their pieces. As nomads, they have often lived outside the norms of educated urban Muslims.

Estimated age: 50-75 years

Size: 10

Stone: .9″ diameter (2.4 cm)

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I have been importing from Central Asia since the 1980’s. Afghan Tribal Arts focuses on hand carved gemstones, beads, tribal jewelry, vintage textiles and nomadic carpets. We have a huge inventory of handmade crafts from around the world.

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