Our catalogue > Selected Wearable Antique Jewellery

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

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9483

Outstanding Early Javanese Gold ‘Surya’ Pendant & Chain

East Java, Indonesia
Majapahit Period, 14th century

circumference: 59cm, width of pendant: 6.2cm, width of chain: 4.5cm, weight: 137g

Provenance

private collection, UK; and previously a private German collection

9463

Nepalese Gilded & Gold Vishnu Pendant set with Semi-Precious Stones

Kathmandu Valley, Nepal
18th-19th century

length: 7.3cm, width: 7.5cm, weight: 58g

Provenance

UK art marjet

9518

Ladakh Twelve-Strand Coral, Turquoise & Silver Bead Necklace (Ultik)

Ladakh, Himalayan India
19th century

circumference: 57cm, length of central band: 6.2cm, weight: 314g

Provenance

UK art market

8966

Indian Wearable Silver & Amber Bead Necklace

India
19th century

circumference: 70cm, width of main bead: approximately 2.8cm, weight: 47g

Provenance

private collection, London, UK.

8071

Selection of Silver & Gilded Silver Trade Beads

India, Sri Lanka, Central Asia, Indonesia, Morocco
19th century

length of strand: 56.5cm, weight: 119g

Provenance

Private collection, UK

9369

Rare Swahili Coast Silver & Gold Pendant & Necklace

Lamu, (Kenya), Swahili Coast, East Africa
19th century

width of pendant: 13cm, weight: 145g

Provenance

UK art market

9302

Naga Necklace with Dark-Blue Trade Beads

Naga People, Western Burma & North-eastern India
early 20th century

circumference: approximately 66cm, weight: 287g

Provenance

private collection, US

9316

Indian Cast Silver ‘Rope’ Anklet or Bracelet

Gujarat, India
early 20th century

internal diameter: approximately 5.5cm, thickness: 4.8cm, weight: 300g

Provenance

private collection, US

9320

Gujurat-Omani-Zanzibar Part-Gilt Silver Necklace & Talismanic Pendant

Western India, Zanzibar or Oman
circa 1900

width of pendant: 11.6cm, length of chain: 97cm, overall weight: 419g

Provenance

UK art market

9310

Outstanding, Large Ladakh Seven-Strand Turquoise Necklace (Ultik)

Ladakh, Himalayan India
late 19th century and earlier

length between (and including) the two silver terminals: 38cm, weight: 659g

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Provenance

private collection, US

9286

Superb Indonesian Bugis Gold Bracelet

Bugis People, South Sulawesi, Indonesia
circa 1920

external diameter: 7.7cm, internal diameter: 6.5cm, weight: 112g

Reserved

Provenance

private collection, US

9191

Fine, Madras Silver Makara Bracelet

Madras, South India
circa 1870

internal diameter (widest): 5.7cm, weight: 64g

Provenance

UK art market

9294

Exceptionally Rare Naga Headhunter’s Necklace with Five-Heads & Buffalo

Naga People, Burma/India
early 20th century

circumference: approximately 65.5cm, length of brass pendant: 16.7cm, weight: 205g

Provenance

private collection, US

9311

Spectacular Moroccan Large Amber & Coral ‘Treasure’ Necklace (Tifilit)

Berber people, Anti-Atlas, Draa Valley, Morocco
early 20th century

circumference: approximately 102cm, diameter of the largest bead: approximately 4.6cm, weight: 809g

Reserved

Provenance

private collection, US

9300

Rare Naga Necklace with Turquoise-coloured Trade Beads

Naga People, Burma/India
early 20th century

circumference: approximately 83cm, weight: 328g

Provenance

private collection, US

9293

Fine Baule Cast Brass Necklace

Baule People, Ivory Coast
early 20th century

circumference: approximately 81cm, weight: 184g

Provenance

private collection, US

9326

Yemen Silver Necklace

Jewish community, Hadramaut region, Yemen
early 20th century

circumference: approximately 72cm, length of central pendant bead: 6.4cm, weight: 279g

Provenance

private collection, UK

9303

Naga Warrior’s Tiger Hunting Necklace

Naga People, Burma/India
early 20th century or earlier

circumference: approximately 73cm, width of pendant: 11cm, length of boar teeth: approximately 9.1cm, weight: 207g

Provenance

private collection, US

9336

Rare Central Asian Boy’s ‘Bow & Arrow’ Silver Amulet for the Back

Central Asia or Afghanistan, probably Turkoman/Turkmen People
19th century

circumference of chain: approximately 52cm, width of amulet: 13.8cm, weight: 105g

Provenance

UK art market

8990

Unusually Ample & Long Indian Glass Trade Bead & Brass Bead Necklace

Andhra Pradesh, India
19th century

circumference: 128cm, weight: 820g

Provenance

private collection, UK

9024

Thai Courtly Gold Pendant set with an Emerald & Rubies

Bangkok, Thailand
19th century

length: 5.7cm, width: 3.9cm, weight: 16g

Provenance

private collection

9099

Very Fine Yemen Gilded Silver & Coral Necklace

Yemen, probably Mahwit
early 20th century

circumference: 54cm, weight: 258g

Provenance

UK art market

9023

Thai Courtly Gold Pendant set with an Emerald & Diamonds

Bangkok, Thailand
19th century

length: 5.4cm, width: 4.6cm, weight: 23g

Provenance

private collection.

8996

Pair of Pashtun, Pierced Silver Bracelets

Pashtun People, North-west Pakistan
early 20th century

diameter: widest at approximately 6.8cm, combined weight: 132g

Provenance

private collection, London.

9035

Sri Lankan Gilded Silver Bracelet set with Pink Sapphires

southern coastal Sri Lanka
circa 1920

inner diameter: widest at 6.2cm, weight: 19g

Provenance

UK art market

9025

Thai Courtly Gold Pendant set with Emeralds, Rubies & Diamonds

Bangkok, Thailand
19th century

length: 6.2cm, width: 4.8cm, weight: 21g

Provenance

private collection

5731

Ottoman Silver Filigree Waist Buckle & Silver Chain Necklace

Ottoman Turkey & Balkans
19th century

circumference: approximately 55cm, weight: 353g

Provenance

UK art market

8722

Indian Gold & Diamond Pendant Necklace

India
late 19th century

length (of pendant): 6.4cm, width: 2.5cm, weight (including cord): 32g

Provenance

UK art market

8884

Mongolian Silver Necklace with Enamelled Silver, Turquoise & Coral Beads & Grooming Accessories

Mongolia
19th century

circumference: approximately 89cm, width of the central pendant: approximately 11cm, weight: 191g

Provenance

private collection, UK.

8723

Indian Gold and White Sapphire Necklace

India, probably Uttar Pradesh
late 19th century

circumference: maximum 80cm, length of gold boxes: approximately 3.1cm, weight: 90g

Provenance

UK art market

8773

Rajasthan Woman’s Silver Torque (Hansuli)

Rajasthan, India
19th-20th century

width: 17.6cm, depth: 1.2cm, display height (including stand): 19.8cm, weight: 303g

Provenance

private collection, UK

8636

Central Javanese Gold Finger Ring

Central Java, Indonesia
circa 9th century

weight: 3.62g, Size: K (UK); 5.25 (US)

Provenance

Estate Collection of Tom White MBE, a former UK diplomat who served in Southeast Asia in the 1960s & 1970s.

3987

Silver Double Axe Pendant (Taka)

Central Flores, Eastern Indonesia
18th-19th century

height: 6.2cm, width: 7.3cm, weight: 15.4g

Provenance

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

4404

Gilded Silver Butterfly Ornament set with Turquoise

Nepal or Eastern Tibet
18th-19th century

height: 5cm. width: 5.3cm, weight: 19.4g

Provenance

UK art market

8462

Mapuche Silver Head Ornament or Necklace (Trarilonco)

Mapuche People, Chile
19th century

length: 55cm, weight: 179g

Provenance

private collection, UK.

7299

Maluku Gold-Alloy Pectoral or Forehead Ornament

South Maluku, (Moluccas), Eastern Indonesia
19th century

width of mask: 10.8cm, length of seedpod-like elements: approximately 5.2cm, weight: 28g

Provenance

Estate Collection of Tom White MBE; lot 222, 'Gold: Important ancient and ethnic jewellery and works of art in precious metal', Hapsburg, Feldman, Geneva, Switzerland, May 14, 1990.

8809

Gold, Enamelled Bazuband Pendant set Jade, Diamonds, Rubies & Emeralds

Hyderabad, India
circa 1850

length: 8.8cm width: 3cm, weight: 26g

Provenance

UK art market

7308

Mapuche Silver Sequil de Tubos Pendants

Mapuche People, Chile
19th century

length: 9.5cm, width: 5.8cm, combined weight: 89g

Provenance

private collection, UK.

5876

Indian Ruby-set Gold Marriage Tali Pendant

Tamil Nadu, South India
early 20th century

length: 2.6cm, width: 1.3cm, weight: 4.33g

Provenance

private collection, UK.

5877

Indian Ruby-set Gold Marriage Tali Pendant

Tamil Nadu, South India
19th-early 20th century

length: 2.9cm, width: 1.3cm, weight: 4.25g

Provenance

private collection, UK.

6988

Flexible Indian Silver Chain Necklace (Kamardani) with a Torus Rock Crystal Pendant

Karnataka, India
19th century-early 20th century

length of chain: 47.2cm, length of pendant: 7.7cm, outer diameter of crystal: approximately 4.9cm, weight: 118g

Provenance

UK art market

6683

Gujarat Silver Amulet Pendant (Madalio)

Kutch area, Gujarat, India
early 20th century

height: 13.2cm, width: 9.9cm, weight: 107g

Provenance

private European collection

5427

Omani Silver Hirz Necklace

Oman
circa 1900

circumference: 64.5cm, width of amulet: 7cm, weight: 312g

Provenance

UK art market

6779

Naga Blue Glass Bead & Brass Necklace

Konyak Naga People, Burma/India
circa 1900

length of pendant: 14.5cm, width: 6.2cm, circumference: approximately 72cm

Provenance

private European collection

6796

Fine, Chinese Silver-Gilt Bracelet with Large, Semi-Precious Stones

China
early 20th century

internal diameter: 5.9cm, total length: 17.5cm, height: 3.1cm, weight: 49g

Provenance

UK art market

6531

Tuareg Silver & Copper Head Ornament (Tcherot or Techeout tan ‘eraf)

Tuareg People, Niger, Algeria & Morocco
first half of 20th century

length: approximately 29cm, width: 24cm, weight: 117g

Provenance

private collection, UK.

6517

Sri Lankan Silver & Gold Brooch

Southern Coast, Sri Lanka
circa 1900

dimensions: 5.2cm x 5cm, weight: 19g

Provenance

UK art market

5504

Indian Gold Ring set with White Sapphires, Garnets & Rubies

India
18th century & later

weight: 13.35g, ring size: M (UK), 6.25 (US)

Provenance

UK art market

6343

Hindu Pilgrim’s Silver Shrinathji Amulet Pendant Necklace (Chhedi ka Jantar)

Rajasthan, India
19th century

dimension of amulet: 5cm x 5.5cm, weight: 51g

Provenance

UK art market

6346

Hindu Pilgrim’s Silver Ganesh Amulet Pendant (Chhedi ka Jantar)

Rajasthan, India
19th century

dimensions (excluding the spherical dangles): 6.5cm x 6.7cm, weight: 94g

Provenance

UK art market

6341

Fine, Hindu Pilgrim’s Silver Krishna & Radha Amulet Pendant Necklace (Chhedi ka Jantar)

Rajasthan, India
19th century

total length of necklace: 60cm, dimensions of amulet: 4.5cm x 6cm, overall weight: 187g

Provenance

UK art market

6453

Tibetan Parcel-Gilt Silver ‘Saddle’ Ring set with Turquoise (Tagam or Ga Tshi-ko)

Central & Eastern Tibet
19th-20th century

weight: 13g, US ring size: 7-8, UK ring size: P-Q

Provenance

UK art market

6344

Hindu Pilgrim’s Silver Amulet Pendant (Chhedi ka Jantar)

Rajasthan, India
19th century

dimension of amulet: 6.3cm x 7cm, weight: 77g

Provenance

UK art market

6465

Berber Haratin Long Silver Temporal or Head Ornament (Aiacha)

Berber Haratin People, Zguid Oasis, Morocco
early 20th century

length: 21cm, width: 7.5cm, weight: 153g

Provenance

European art market

1647

Fine, South Indian Silver Bracelet

South India or Sri Lanka
19th century

external width: 9.8cm, internal width at widest point: 6.8cm, weight: 156g

Provenance

UK art market

6247

Naga Chank Shell Bead Necklace

Naga People, Eastern India/Western Burma
19th century

length: 60cm, weight: 216g

Provenance

private collection, London

6202

Tekke Parcel-Gilt Ornament (Asyk) inset with Carnelians

Tekke People, Southern Turkmenistan & possibly Afghanistan
19th century

height: 16.2cm, width: 11.2cm, weight: 119g

Provenance

UK art market

6186

Fine, Tuareg Silver Ring

Tuareg People, Mali
early 20th century

height: 4.7cm, weight: 33g, ring size: UK: O/R, US: 8 1/3

Provenance

private collection, London

6206

Ethiopian Silver Amulet Necklace

Harar, Eastern Ethiopia
early 20th century

width of box: 10cm, length of box incl. tassels: 18cm, overall weight: 298g

Provenance

UK art market

6143

Carved Mughal Jade with Gold & Turquoise Mounts

Delhi, Northern India
circa 1620 (Jade) & circa 1850 (Mounts)

width: 6.3cm, height: 5.4cm, thickness: 0.3cm, weight: 31.64g

Provenance

UK art market

4730

Yemeni Silver Bead & Coral Necklace with Amulet Box (Hirz)

Yemen
early 20th century

total length: 62cm, weight: 155g

Provenance

UK art market

3413

Yemeni Silver Amulet Box (Hirz) & Chain

Bedouin People, possibly Rayma Region, Yemen
early 20th century

overall length of chain: 70cm (35cm when worn), width of box & attachments: 11cm, weight: 490g

Provenance

UK art market

5938

Sri Lankan Pierced Silver & Gilt Bracelet set with Zircons & an Amethyst

Coastal regions, Sri Lanka
circa 1920

width of face: 3.7cm, internal diameter: 5.1cm, weight: 37.4g

Provenance

Art Market, Scotland

5653

Necklace of Manabi Terracotta Spindle Whorls

Pre-Colombian Manabi Culture, Ecuador
500BC-500AD

length: 68cm, weight: 104g

Provenance

Acquired in the UK, from the estate collection of Dr George Yuille Caldwell (1924-2016). Dr Caldwell, an English-born physician moved to Singapore in the 1950s, from where he built up a superb collection of ethnographica.

6018

Rajasthani Silver Bracelet

Rajasthan, India
19th-early 20th century

external diameter: 8.5cm, internal diameter: 5cm, thickness: 1.3cm, weight: 119g

Provenance

UK art market

5607

Fine, Sri Lankan Silver Bracelet

Sri Lanka
19th century

Internal diameter: 5.7cm, width at widest point: 2cm, weight: 49.6g

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.

5247

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

Nizwa, Oman
circa 1900

length of necklace as worn: 37cm, length of box: 10cm, height of box: 6.7cm, thickness: 0.9cm, weight: 170g

Provenance

UK art market

5603

Rajasthani Silver Cuff Bracelet

Rajasthan, India
19th century

length: 8.6cm, diameter: 6.3cm-7.5cm, weight; 95g

Provenance

UK art market

5605

Algerian Silver Bracelet

Aures mountains and Chaouia, Algeria
early 20th century

internal diameter: 6cm, thickness: 2.4cm, height of diamond-shaped bezel: 4cm, weight: 85g

Provenance

UK art market

5107

Yemen 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

Indian Yellow Venetian Glass & Brass Bead Necklace

Andhra Pradesh, India
19th century

length: 84cm, weight: 280g

Provenance

UK private collection

3966

Large Necklace of Silver Beads & Genuine Antique Amber Beads with Amulet Box (Hirz)

San'a, Yemen
early 20th century

total length (circumference as worn): 96cm, total weight: 381g, each amber bead is around 2.5cm square

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

4036

Chinese Silver Filigree & Jade Hinged Bracelet

China
circa 1900

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

Provenance

UK art market