Vintage Pashtun Lapis Lazuli Necklace, Afghanistan
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Vintage Pashtun Lapis Lazuli Necklace, Afghanistan


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 stunning piece will certainly be the ice breaker at any event! A large oval focal design hangs supported by similar but smaller oval pieces on either side. Have the chain adjusted to length that suits you.

The necklace is completely hand constructed, with hand cut embellishments soldered on. It is hollow inside, but closed in the back. The lapis stones are large and of the highest quality. Embedded glass seed beads decorate the borders around the lapis, calling images of gardens and abundance. There is silver content in the metal, but we don’t know how much. The edges around the silver pieces also show sign of wear.

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.

Estimated age: unknown, 20 years +

Largest lapis component, including silver area: 3.25″ wide x 2.25″ high
Metric: 8.5 cm x 6 cm

Length: 26.5″ (67 cm)

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Visit our shop here on Etsy for more tribal jewelry and great semi-precious stones that have been handcarved into beads. Our focus is Afghanistan and Central Asia. Afghan Tribal Arts has been working with Afghan artists for more than 20 years. Handcarved semi-precious beads are the core focus of the business, but we also have a huge inventory of old and new textiles, carvings and metal work. Visit our store here on Etsy to see our beautiful treasures!

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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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