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Yemeni, Bedouin and Jewish Silversmithing and Craftsmanship – Some Reference Articles

Yemeni, Bedouin and Jewish Silversmithing and Craftsmanship – Some Reference Articles

In researching Rita’s collection of Yemeni and Bedouin silver pendants, beads and textiles from her trips to Egypt and other parts of the Middle East, we found some fascinating reference articles on Yemeni Jewish silversmithing that we wanted to share with our customers! We find this an especially interesting subject given the current preference of Yemeni brides to wear gold, instead of silver jewelry, and efforts to rescue and preserve the old Yemeni silver beads, headdresses, bracelets, and pendants.

Silver Treasures from the Land of Sheba (Marjorie Ransom)

The Enduring Craft of Yemeni Silver (Marjorie Ransom)

Arabic Silver Jewelry – The Allure of the Traditional (Ornament Magazine, regarding book by Marjorie Ransom)

Gold and Silver Smithing; A Judaic Tradition, Part I – The Near East and the Mediterranean (Samuel Kurinsky)

Gold and Silver Smithing: A Judaic Tradition, Part II – Europe and America (Samuel Kurinsky)

Jewish Goldsmiths and Silversmiths

Will the Jewish Silvercraft Survive in Yemen?

Silversmithing in the Yemen

 

 

knobby yemeni beads

Knobby Yemeni Beads

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Yemeni tube beads

Yemeni tube beads

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in and Yemeni silver beads

in and Yemeni silver beads

Round Bedouin or Omani pendan

Round Bedouin or Omani Pendants

Yemeni Medallion Pendant

Yemeni Medallion Pendant

 

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Matched Yemeni Flat Hexagonal Spacer beads

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Yemeni Wedding Headdress Pendants

 

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Vintage Silver Yemeni Pendant - P

Vintage Silver Yemeni Pendant – P

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New Listings from the Rita Okrent Collection

New Listings from the Rita Okrent Collection

African Trade beads, faux amber and fabulous old silver pendants are newly listed at the Rita Okrent Collection! Come visit our New Listings section often to find more newly posted treasures from Rita’s collection! Thanks for shopping with us!             ]        

Ancient Islamic and Roman-Era Glass Beads from the Rita Okrent Collection

Ancient Islamic and Roman-Era Glass Beads from the Rita Okrent Collection

Come visit our Ancient Glass Beads collection to see the many beautiful and magical ancient beads at RitaOkrent.com!  Rita’s collection of Roman Era, Early Islamic and Jatim beads include trailed, combed, folded and eye beads from Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, Israel/Palestine, Java, Indonesia and all over the Middle East. Rita acquired them over 30 years agoContinue Reading

New Listings for September at RitaOkrent.com

New Listings for September at RitaOkrent.com

Come visit our New Listings section to find more newly posted treasures from Rita’s collection!  

What’s New at RitaOkrent.com

What’s New at RitaOkrent.com

News from the Rita Okrent Collection at RitaOkrent.com – a quick update on the website: Stop by and shop in our NEW Bracelets and Rings section! This section is currently visible by clicking on the link at the menu at the bottom of the page once you’ve clicked on the home page to enter theContinue Reading

Thank You to Our Customers and Friends from the Rita Okrent Collection

Thank You to Our Customers and Friends from the Rita Okrent Collection

A BIG THANK YOU to our very loyal, kind and patient customers from around the world, for your support and continued business these past 2 years. As many long-time customers know, Rita’s husband and my father, David Okrent, passed away in December 2012 after a brief illness. Since then, I have been taking care ofContinue Reading

Rita Okrent Necklaces – A History of Design in Photos from the Rita Okrent Collection – Part 1

Rita Okrent Necklaces – A History of Design in Photos from the Rita Okrent Collection – Part 1

  Join us in celebrating Rita’s design aesthetic and expertise in tribal, ethnic and traditional beads and pendants with some recently found photos of Rita’s one-of-a-kind original design necklaces. Rita designed hundreds of necklaces during her career, a portion of which are still showcased in our Necklace Gallery section at RitaOkrent.com.   Here are just aContinue Reading

More New Listings from the Rita Okrent Collection at RitaOkrent.com

More New Listings from the Rita Okrent Collection at RitaOkrent.com

Come visit our New Items section to find more newly posted treasures from Rita’s collection!        

Silver Zar Amulets from Egypt at the Rita Okrent Collection

Silver Zar Amulets from Egypt at the Rita Okrent Collection

Traditionally, Zar amulets have been used in the Egyptian Zar ceremony to appease “demons” possessed by women. Zar amulets were often worn around the neck, to “appease the wearer’s peace of mind” (van Roode, S., 2010, Desert Silver, ). There are also pear and rectangular amulets, most bearing the Throne Verse or some part ofContinue Reading

New Treasures and More Updated Photos at the RitaOkrent Collection

New Treasures and More Updated Photos at the RitaOkrent Collection

Newly posted goodies include Chunky Faux Amber beads, Yemeni Silver Pendants, Moroccan Pendants, Wine Red Faux Amber Rounds, and lots of new photos in our updated Antiques section at RitaOkrent.com! Come see our New Listings and  new photos in our Antiques Section and find the latest deals in our Sale section too! We have alsoContinue Reading

Welcome to the blog from the Rita Okrent Collection at RitaOkrent.com!

For our customers, new and returning, thank you for visiting! Come back often to find new posts highlighting ancient, antique and vintage beads and pendants in Rita’s collection, updates to the RitaOkrent.com website, bead culture around the world, and the history and traditions behind the treasures in Rita’s collection. We will also be posting about our customers and their creations, one of our favorite subjects! Let us know if you’d like to contribute an article or show off your creations designed using components from Rita’s collection. We’d love to have you join us!

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