020

Silver Ring
North India
Circa Early 20th Century
Height 5cm
Size U
41g

SOLD


This romantic ring has a unique history making it a supremely heartfelt gesture or self-indulgence. It's a showpiece of fine handiwork, featuring a minutely detailed frame and repoussed reverse in 80% silver. The mirrored centrepiece reflects the wearers surroundings, bringing an added dimension of interest to this very individual ring.



074

Silver and Turquoise Ring

Afghanistan

Circa Early 20th Century

Dia 6.5cm

Size P

66g 

£400

 


This one-of-a-kind piece of jewellery comes from the deserts of Afghanistan. Gracing the fingers of a well to do local beauty and probably part of her wedding trousseau - this ring is a masterpiece of design incorporating many of the traditional silversmiths skills passed down over the centuries. Set with a luck bringing turquoise at it's centre this over-sized 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 Originally made in Multan in Pakistan, these exquisitely enamalled mirrored rings were popular in turn-of-the-century Afghanistan, where women used them to discreetly monitor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 and 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 accross 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, conspires to bring the magic and mystery of the old Silk Route nomads to your fingertips. 



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

 


Respect and awe of Alexander The Great continues today by tribes once loyal to him over 2300 years ago. Embellished with gold vermeil and decorated with doves, the bold setting holds a masterfullly engraved intaglio of the famous Emperor in a richly coloured carnelian losange.



129


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

£180

 


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. 



133

Double Silver and Copper Ring
Rajasthan
India
Circa Early 20th Century
Width 5cm
Size O + N
21g

£110

 


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.



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.