Vintage Balochi choker necklace with beaded band, lots of bells and large hollow "puffed" pendants with small jewels. A beaded band connects the pendants in traditional blue and white color seed beads to keep that evil eye at bay. These necklaces are an original tribal design, often worn for decades and sometimes repaired many times during their tribal lives. Lots of jingling bells. Pendants show some denting and there are some holes on the back of them. I'm not sure if these are wear holes, as they seem to be intentional, but I am not certain. Wear as is or use for an authentic tribal addition to another costuming piece - simply sew into place!
The Baloch or Baluch are semi-nomadic Iranian people who live mainly in the Balochistan region, located at the southeasternmost edge of the Iranian plateau and encompassing the countries of Pakistan, Iran, and Afghanistan. Balochi women wear an assortment of nose-rings, earrings, rings on fingers and toes, necklaces, bracelets, and ornaments in the hair. Jewelry is typically made from gold, silver, or less desireable metals, depending on one's means.
Choker length: 13.5 inches
Materials: Glass beads, mixed metals
Metal Color: Slightly brassy
Metal Finish: Unpolished
Bead Colors: Blue, white, red
Pendant Size: 3.5 inches long and about 2 inches wide
Closure: Button and loop
Well used and worn piece. Some of the blue beading is missing here and there.
Can be made longer by adding a length of fabric to the band.
Please check photos carefully for condition. You will receive the exact piece 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 destroy.
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!