074

Silver and Turquoise Ring

Afghanistan

Circa Early 20th Century

Dia 6.5cm

Size P

66g 

£400

 


This appealingly oversized ring was once worn by a bold and strong nomadic woman from the desert trails of Afghanistan that were part of the ancient silk route to Europe and China. Gracing the fingers of a successful tribal lady and probably part of her wedding trousseau - this ring is a masterpiece of design incorporating many of the traditional silversmiths arts passed down over  centuries. Set with a health bringing turquoise at it's centre this dramatic finger adornment cannot fail to attract attention.



026

Silver and Enamel Ring
Afghanistan
Circa Early 20th Century
Dia 5.8cm
Size Q
67g

£280

 


The interesting choice of centrepiece transforms your world into a work of art. Originally made in Multan in Pakistan, these exquisitely enamalled mirrored rings were popular in turn-of-the-century Afghanistan, where women used them to discreetly monitor comings and goings. This is a fine example, with an oversized mirror framed in pretty enamal detailing. The snapshot in the mirror changes with your every movement.



146

Silver & Gilt Carnelian Intaglio Ring
Afghanistan
Circa Late 20th Century
Stone Length 2.5cm
Ring Size Q
27g

£260

 


A lovely chunky ethnic silver ring with a carnelian intaglio of Alexander the Great, still a popular hero more than 2000 years after he lead his armies to success across Central Asia, winning not only battles, but the hearts and minds of the desert tribes who then joined him, swelling his army again and again into what must have been one of the most incredible sights of ancient times. The raised gilded setting is rimmed by a filigree frill, which when combined with the etched floral and geometric motifs, transports the magic and mystery of the old Silk Route nomads right to your fingers. 



119

Silver Bird Cage Ring
Afghanistan
Circa Mid 20th Century
Height 5.5cm
Size W
25g

£220

 


Featuring granulation and filigree work this eye catching ring echos the bell shape of intricate birdcages traditionally kept by Afghan families in their homes. Song birds would be kept in them to keep the sound of nature alive in desert areas where they were very much loved and treasured possessions. The cages were often works of art in themselves and inspired many popular jewellery designs in the Central Asian region.



120

Silver and Glass Kuchi Tribe Ring
Afghanistan
Circa mid 20th Century
Height 3.5cm
Size S
18g

£160

 


From the deserts of Afghanistan where the Kuchi nomads have crisscrossed the ancient silk routes since time immemorial, comes this fantastic uplifting ring. In contrast to the surrounding dry landscapes the Kuchi made their jewellery alive and vivacious with colour. Set with bright pink glass stones in an age old design this wonderful ring will create a stir whenever you wear it.



123

Antique Indian Silver Ring
Rajasthan
India
Circa Early 20th Century
Width 4.3cm
Size N 1/2
22g

£180

 


Inspired by the jewellery of the courts of the Moghul Emporers from the middle ages, the artist craftsman has used the ancient skills of both filigree and granulation to create an eye-catching design reminiscent of the wheel of life so prevalent in Indian iconography, topped it off with a deep red glass cabochon for effect.



032

Double Silver and Copper Ring 
Rajasthan
India
Circa Early 20th Century 
Width 5cm
Size Q + O
24g

£140

 


Representing the male and female energies of the universe, this copper and silver ring is of a design that was commonly worn by married women in Rajasthan in the fisrt half of the 20th century. Supremely wearable today, inject a shot of the romantic East into your look with this ancient take on the principal of loving partnership.

 

 

 



148

Vintage Silver & Carnelian Intaglio Ring
Iran
Circa Mid 20th Century
Size O
26g

£380

 


Straight out of 'Game Of Thrones' style, this ubercool ring has subtle touches that enhance its appeal. The silver-gilt details, the kissing birds, the flowers and fine embossing work all conspire to provide the perfect setting for the centrepiece. Engraved into the surface of a red carnelian is a likeness of one of the most powerful and influential people that ever lived. Alexander the Great existed more than 2500 years ago and is still fondly remembered as the epitome of erudition and style in what was once part of his immense kingdom. Worn as a talisman of strength and good fortune, this gorgeous, charming old ring is a one of a kind treasure.



027

Silver Ring
Rajasthan
India
Circa Early 20th Century
Dia 5cm
Size Q
23g

£180

 


We've only just discovered the joys of vintage. But Rajasthani women have been recycling for centuries, having their favourite jewels remodelled by a village silversmith to pass on as an heirloom. Unlike some precious relics, this beautiful ring was never meant to be kept in a cabinet. The fascinatingly detailed setting carries a round mirror, a style created for Moghul emperors, then continued by Indian women . . and now you. 



129


Vintage Metal and Tourmaline Ring
Hindu Kush
Afghanistan
Mid 20th Century
Size N (adjustable)
Width 5.5cm
30g
No silver content

£120

 


We cannot understand why this ring is made of alloys and not silver because the cabuchon tourmalines that cover its surface pervade such a feeling of wealth and status. We suspect the stones came from Afghanistan and the setting was made in the foothills of the Hindu Kush near the border of Pakistan by the nomadic Pashtuns who inhabited the region at the turn of the last century. Whatever its origin this is a one off treasure of a design that we have never before seen. 



147

Vintage Silver & Carnelian Intaglio Ring
Iran
Circa Mid 20th Century
Size S
32g

£260

 


A deer, symbolising mother Earth and fertility, is sensitively carved into the red surface of a carnelian which has been set in this bold raised silver ring. Surrounded by embossed flowers and decorated with two gilded birds on either side, we can conclude that the designer of this statement-making finger ornament had the natural world, happiness, love and family in their mind when they created it for the tribal nomads who ply the old silk routes of Central Asia.



177

Antique Rajasthani Silver Ring
Rajasthan
India
Circa Early 20th Century
Size N
30g

£180

 


This one of a kind jewellery design was undoubtedly commissioned for a patron who wished to have good fortune on her side. Representing a small shrine the wearer could remember her deity and feel a connection to her home wherever she travelled. And travell she did, as the soft patina gained by decades of wear attests to. Bring some rock n roll boho chic to your life with this standout piece of jewellery history, and perhaps she will bring you luck too.



188

Vintage Silver & Glass Ring
Lucknow
India
Circa 1960s
Dia 4.5cm
Size P
22g

£120

 


Originally a Moghul style, kundan work was often in gold set with precious gemstones. In more recent times a similar but more economic technique is to use coloured foil set behind glass and created in silver. Here is a unique and beautifully realised vintage interpretation of a classic design worn in courtly life in northern India, more than 500 years ago. A chic and stylish addition to your boho chic wardrobe.



231

Silver Tibetan Ring with Coral
Western Tibetan Plateau
Asia
Circa Mid 20th Century
Width 3cm
Size P 
15g

£130

 


The Tibetans love affair with coral never ends because of the high value placed on this rare stone coming all the way from the Italian coast of the Mediterranean Sea since time immemorial. The Tibetans believe that the stone has protective powers especially for women for whom it prevents illness and cleanses the blood. Set in an attractively scalloped silver base cleverly augmented with large granulations, this ring is a perfect addition to any summer wardrobe.



229

Vintage Silver Tibetan Ring with Black Banded Agate
Western Tibetan Plateau
Asia
Circa 1980s
Length 2.8cm
Size Q
11g

£120

 


An eye-catching ring for running around town or hanging out at the beach. Tibetans believe banded agate to have powers to protect a person and aid their ability to see into the future, so any nice pieces are highly prized. The jeweller has enhanced the stones attractiveness with a simple granulated bezel giving a pleasing contrast when viewed straight on. Unassuming yet supremely boho chic, add this ring to your everyday collection and it wont let you down.



225

Vintage Silver & Turquoise Ring
Nepal
1980s
Length 3.5cm
Size N1/2
15g

£180

 


This ring once again connected one end of the old Silk Road with the other as these glamourous Asian designs and stones made their way to the West as travellers started to bring them back from their adventures in the 70s and 80s. Showing superb craftsmanship and created using age old techniques, these rings were made for the cool boho hippie look so popular now as in the 70s but were still put together individually by hand by master craftsmen using the same standards, designs and methods passed down over centuries from father to son. In perfect condition, beautifully realised and set, and not least, boasting a stunning array of gorgeous Tibetan turquoises, this exotic Eastern treasure will enhance your style whenever it is worn. 



230

Vintage Silver Tibetan Saddle Ring with Coral
Western Tibetan Plateau
Circa Mid 20th century
Size S
25g

£260

 


A stunning example of an ancient design from the 'roof of the world' in the high Himalayas. Lightweight and with soft edges this is a ring that can be worn comfortably all day. Coral is commonly worn by Tibetan woman as it seen to be 'power bringing to women' and strengthening to the blood. This ring has a beautiful flowering lotus skilfully worked into each side by the jeweller. The lotus symbolises the female energy of emptiness, a favourite symbol in these remote Buddhist highlands as it also represents the flowering of spiritual awakening. Not just incredible fashion, but incredible philosophy too.