Vintage Hmong Miao style bangle bracelet. Solid metal bangle is made in a traditional Hmong style from one long piece of metal with the ends wrapped around each other to form a circle. Mixed metals are plated and are worn in places. Etched with fish, dragon and bird design on the front. Vintage bracelet from the 1970's.
The Miao are an ethnic group belonging to South China. Silver jewelry is a well-known craftwork of the Miao people. Apart from being a cultural tradition, it also symbolises the wealth of Miao women. As a Miao saying goes, “decorated with no silver or embroidery, a girl is not a girl”, Miao women are occasionally defined by the amount of silver jewelry she wears or owns. It is especially important to wear heavy and intricate silver headdresses and jewelry during significant occasions and festivals, notably during weddings, funerals and springtime celebration. Silver jewelry is an essential element of Miao marriages, particularly to the bride. Miao families would begin saving silver jewellery for the girls at an early age, wishing their daughters could marry well with the large amount of silver jewelry representing the wealth of the family.
Width: Just over 1/2 an inch
Inner Circumference: 8 inches
Inner Diameter: 2.75 inches
Materials: Mixed metals
Metal Color: coppery with a more silver colored plating. Worn in places.
Closure: Bangle style slips over the hand.
Etched fish, dragon and bird design.
This bracelet is rigid and cannot be adjusted.
Base metal is coppery with a more silvery plating on top. The plating is worn in places and the copper shows through.
Please check photos carefully for condition. You will receive the exact piece(s) shown in the photos on this page. This is a USED piece that has been previously worn in country. As a previously used tribal item it may have small flaws such as loose or missing jewels, missing bells, obvious repairs, may be tarnished or worn, or have other small flaws.
A NOTE ON THE CONDITION OF TRIBAL ITEMS: Our jewelry is used tribal jewelry, from faraway lands. As used pieces the condition of our items will reflect their prior lives as treasured tribal pieces. Please know that we strive to maintain the tribal allure of our items and therefore we do not clean or repair these pieces in any way. We leave that choice to the buyer, as each may prefer something different. This not only maintains the old, tribal look of each piece that our belly dance customers seek, but also preserves the value of a piece that cleaning might diminish.
We do our best to describe any flaws that may be present in our items, and we encourage you to read the full description and look at all photos closely to judge the condition of the item for yourself and know exactly what you are ordering. If you have questions about the condition of any item, please ask!