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Chinese Turquoise Jewelry

Pectoral ornament, late 19th-early 20th century

China (Khotan), Turkoman

Silver with silver filigree, cabochon, and table-cut turquoise; 4 5/8 x 4 3/4 in. (11.6 x 12.2 cm)
The Turquoise Jewelry ornaments of the Turkoman tribes of Central Asia are characterized by their bold forms, striking profiles, and prominent semiprecious stones, most often carnelians or turquoise. By the nineteenth century, the once seminomadic Turkoman people had settled in various parts of Iran, Afghanistan, and Chinese and former Soviet Central Asia, but metalworkers' guilds continued to hold an honored position in each center. Turkoman silversmiths produced a variety of objects in a style and with motifs that reflected both Islamic and shamanist cultural influences: jewelry for women and children; ornaments and fittings for knives, helmets, and belts; and harnesses and other embellishments for horses and other animals.

This pendant of somewhat unusual form originally hung from a chain threaded through metal rings attached to the loops on the rectangular plate at the top. The combination of filigree and a thicker silver rim is often seen in Turkoman silver jewelry. The use of blue stones as protection from the "evil eye" has a long history in Islamic culture, particularly in the Persianate world.

Vintage Turquoise Jewelry from western china

Ornamental plaques, 6th-8th century
western China

Gold with turquoise inlay; 1 1/16 x 9/16 in. (2.6 x 1.4 cm)

This set of decorative plaques includes four nearly identical square pieces and one narrower rectangular form. On each of the plaques, beaded borders enclose finely granulated ground on which thin gold strips and turquoise inlays form a floral design. A braid made of gold threads extends between the borders and the design, composed on connected trefoils extending into the corners with a circle at the center.

Technically and stylistically, these plaques are typical of ornaments found at seventh- and eighth-century sites in eastern Central Asia and in the northwestern Chinese province of Qinghai. Chinese sources indicate that metalworking flourished in this region under Tibetan dominion during the seventh and eighth centuries. The use of the trefoil motif and granulation provides evidence of active cultural and trade contact between West Asia and China.

Vintage Turquoise Jewelry - Snuff Bottle

Chinese snuff bottle. Silver metal with dark patina, intricate surface wirework design with set in turquoise and coral. Stamped China on the base. 1930's to 1940's import piece that would grace any dresser. Stands 3 3/4 inches high.

Cute Silver filligree tea pot with turquoise coral and lapis

Wonderful vintage Chinese teapot pin. Goldwash silver with flat smooth back and rounded filigree front. Decorated with enamel flowers and bezel set turquoise and coral cabuchons. Tuquoise pendant dangles from handle. Early to mid century Chinese import piece. 1.5 x 1.75 inches. Stamped silver.

Today the finest Chinese Turquoise Jewelry is sold in China to the Chinese collector. As many people know Jade is the most highly prized gemstone to the Chinese, however over the years Turquoise has become more and more prominant. Vintage Turquoise Jewelry from China that is authentic is extremly rare and almost un-attainable.

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