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Component 153 - Sterling Silver Component

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STERLING SILVER COMPONENT - This listing is just for the one component listed in the first photo. The second photo is shown as an example. The necklace and earrings are not included.

Dimensions: 2 5/16"

The picture of the item is only a representation and the purchased collections may slightly vary from the pictures

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Ancient East Indian jewelry components - Traditions from the Thar desert

These pieces and parts of hand made ancient silver and coin silver jewelry were handcrafted in the Thar desert.  Each piece is a culturally Important work of ancient art because these ornaments have cultural, social and ritual significance that they are made from prescribed materials, to specific designs and decorated with particular motifs and created by only those who are mandated. (enduring splendor -seligman balakrishnan)

Interestingly,  these beautiful pieces of Jewelry components  were originally brought in as a dowry from a woman. additional  pieces were bought in India through time because lavish layering  indicates wealth. When money was made in the family, the silver and gold could be melted down to create jewelry to wear but at any given time it could be melted back down, sold or pledged for loans. Jewelry was fluid. 

Traditionally speaking, Jewelry of the Thar desert had significance- 

Newborns are given a bracelet of black beads at birth to warn off evil eye intentions

When a child begin walking, mothers, who were busy in daily work, decorate their children with chimes and charms so she can keep track of their whereabouts 

Gold and silver bangles harness energy of the sun

Marriageable age women  moved into a larger seductive earring

Nose piercing enhanced her fertility

Silver Charms were worn for good luck

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