Afghanistan, Vintage Sterling Silver Teardrop Pendant, JE3
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Afghanistan, Vintage Sterling Silver Teardrop Pendant, JE3


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.


This large pendant is beautifully shaped and accented by a textured bezel. The gold leaf on the center of the pendant softly accents the raised shapes.

The piece is completely hand constructed, with hand cut embellishments soldered on. It does show wear, both on the front and in back. The form is hollow and the back is closed.

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: 75-100 years

Width: 1 7/8″ (5 cm)
Length: 2 1/2″ (6.5 cm)
Height:1/4″ (.75 cm)

Shipping is free worldwide on this pendant.


Visit our shop here on Etsy for more tribal jewelry and great semi-precious stones that have been hand carved into beads. Our focus is Afghanistan and Central Asia.

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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.

Our gallery is at 626 Broadway in Paducah, Kentucky, USA. We have a nice selection of beads and smaller items on Etsy: Visit us!

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