Our catalogue > Selected Wearable Antique Jewellery

Presented here is a selection of antique jewellery items from Asia, North Africa & the Middle East which are wearable in a contemporary context.

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We have sourced each item from the UK, often from old colonial-era collections.

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5568

Sri Lankan Gilded Silver Necklace set with Rubies & other Gems

Sri Lanka
early to mid-20th century

length of pendant: 14cm, overall weight: 61.31

Provenance

UK art market

4864

Bontoc Clam Shell Bead & Glass Bead Necklace

Bontoc People, Northern Luzon, Philippines
19th-20th century

weight: 169g

Provenance

private collection, UK.

5503

Indian Flexible Diamond & Enamelled Gold Bracelet (Pahunchiyan or Dasti)

North India
late 19th-20th century

length (or circumference when closed): 16.4cm, width at widest point: 1.8cm, weight: 45.84g

Provenance

UK art market

5564

Gold Enamelled Kavach Pendant & Enamelled Gold Bead & Pearl Necklace for a Krishna Devotee

Rajasthan, India
19th century

circumference of necklace: 43cm, overall weight: 27.9g

Provenance

UK art market

5687

Assam Gold & Ruby Ring

Assam, India & possibly Western Burma
late 19th century

length of bezel: 2.3cm, weight: 5.92g, ring size: US - 7.75; UK - P

Provenance

UK art market

4071

Maori Greenstone Double-sided Hei-Tiki Pendant

Maori People, New Zealand
early 20th century

height: 5.2cm, width: 3.2cm, weight: 11.9g

Provenance

UK art market

5205

Unusually Large, Multiple-Strand Naga Blue Glass Bead Necklace

Naga People, India/Burma
circa 1900

length: 70cm, weight: 724g

Provenance

UK art market; undoubtedly, the necklace has been in the UK since the colonial era.

5542

Gold Indian Kokke Thathi Pendant

Coorg People, Tamil Nadu, South India
late 19th-early 20th century

length: 4.7cm, weight: 12.8g

Provenance

UK art market

5261

Javanese Necklace of Early Gold Beads

Central Java, Indonesia
Early Classical Period, 8th century

length: 65.3cm weight: 37.7g

Provenance

private collection, London.

5084

Algerian Colonial Silver & Coral Hinged Bracelet

Algeria
circa 1920

internal diameter: 5.2cm, external diameter: 8.5c, width: 4.2cm, weight: 126g

Provenance

UK art market

5647

Indian Diamond, Silver & Gold Ring

India
late 19th-20th century

interior diameter: 1.9cm; size T (UK measurement), 9 5/8 (US): weight: 7.7g

Provenance

UK art market

4934

Omani Silver Amulet Box (Hirz) & Necklace with Applied Gold Plaques

Oman
circa 1900

total hanging length: 45cm, approximate length of chain: 60cm, length of amulet box: 9.2cm, weight: 330g

Provenance

UK art market

4863

Red Venetian Glass & Brass Bead Necklace

Andhra Pradesh, India
19th century

length: 80cm, weight: 237g

Provenance

UK private collection

5107

Cast Silver Bracelet

Tihama Region, likely Hudayda (al Dhahiyy), Yemen
18th-19th century

external diameter: 10cm, inside diameter: 6.4cm, weight: 145g

Provenance

UK art market

4860

Yellow Venetian Glass & Brass Bead Necklace

Andhra Pradesh, India
19th century

length: 84cm, weight: 280g

Provenance

UK private collection

3966

Large Silver Bead & Amber Necklace with Amulet Box (Hirz)

San'a, Yemen
early 20th century

total length (circumference as worn): 96cm, total weight: 381g

5203

Outstanding Naga Bead & Shell Necklace

Naga People, Eastern India/Western Burma
19th century

length: approx. 90cm

Provenance

UK art market

5620

South Indian Toda Silver Woman’s Necklace

Toda People, Nilgiri Hills, Tamil Nadu, South India
19th century

total length (or circumference as worn): 50.5cm, weight: 175g

Provenance

private collection, UK.

4910

Colonial Indian Silver ‘Swami Ware’ Necklace

Madras, Tamil Nadu, South India. Unmarked, but probably by P. Orr & Sons.
19th century

total length (or circumference as worn): 46.5cm, weight: 99g

Provenance

Estate of Oppi Untracht. Untracht (1922-2008), and American who lived in Finland, was one of the world's foremost experts of Indian jewellery, silverware and metal techniques.

5471

Gilded Silver Mounted Pectoral Reliquary Cross with Carved Steatite (Enkolpia)

Mount Athos, Macedonian Greece
15th century

total length of chain (circumference as worn): 72cm, length of cross (without coin): 7.3cm, thickness of cross: 1.1cm, weight: 97g

Provenance

UK art market

5248

Indian Chased Silver Makara Bracelet

Madras, South India
circa 1880

internal diameter at widest point: 5.7cm, weight: 65g

Provenance

UK art market

5472

Indian Enamelled Gold Earrings with Emeralds & Pearls

India
19th century

length: 2.7cm, combined wight: 4.98g

Provenance

UK art market

3988

Silver Double Axe Pendant (Taka)

Central Flores, Eastern Indonesia
18th-19th century

height: 6.5cm, width: 9cm, weight: 19g

Provenance

Dutch antique market; private Dutch collection; acquired previously in the Netherlands.

5507

Fine Indian Mughal Gold & Gem-Set White Nephrite Jade Pendant (Haldili)

North India
18th-19th century

length: 4.6cm, height: 3.5cm, weight: 17.47g

Provenance

UK art market

4036

Chinese Silver Filigree & Jade Hinged Bracelet

China
circa 1900

internal diameter: 5.6cm, height: 2.1cm, weight: 46.25g

Provenance

UK art market

5048

Hand-Rolled Turquoise Bead Necklace

Navajo Pueblo People, South-West United States
19th-early 20th century

length: 42cm ( 25cm for the double strand of turquoise), weight: 41g

Provenance

private collection, UK

2613

Rare South Indian Shiva-Parvati Double Rudraksha Necklace with Ruby-Inset Gold Mounts

South India
18th-19th century

width of pendant: 5.3cm, height of pendant: 7cm, length of necklace: 31cm, weight: 75g

Provenance

private collection, UK.

4798

Indian Silver Bead Necklace

Gujarat, India
19th-early 20th century

length: 60cm, weight: 229g

4232

Naga Glass Bead Necklace

Naga People, Burma/India
late 1940s

length: 59cm, weight: 182g

Provenance

private collection, London.

4499

Necklace of Rare Hollow Reeded Gold Beads

Pyu (present-day Burma)
5th-9th century

length of bead section: 18cm (36cm circumference), weight: 29g

Provenance

UK art market; private collection, London.

4256

Rare Fossilised Palmwood (Pumtek) Bead Necklace

Pyu Kingdom, Burma, China People, Western Burma & Mizo People, Eastern India
circa 10th century

length: 76cm, weight: 93g

Provenance

private collection, London.

4260

Naga Bead Necklace

Naga People, India/Burma
19th century-early 20th century

length: 64cm, weight: 508g

Provenance

private collection, London.

5000

Gold Makara Ring

Khmer/Cambodia
circa 15th century

height of ring: 3cm, external diameter of hoop: 2.4cm, weight: 13.76g, size of ring: M (UK), 6.25 (US)

Provenance

Collection of (the late) Paul Walter, New York. Probably acquired by Walter in the UK.

2238

Gold Filigree Minangkabau Gold Bracelet (Galang Gadang)

Minangkabau People, West Sumatra, Indonesia
19th century

outside widest diameter: 8.8cm, inside widest diameter: 6cm, width of bezel: 3.5cm, weight: 50g

Provenance

private collection