Silver and Coral Yemeni Necklace
It is believed that the more silver Yemeni brides wore on their wedding day, the more successful their marriage will be. They were traditionally dressed in elaborate head pieces, multiple rows of necklaces, and at least one ring on each finger. All of this adornment could weigh a few pounds, and it is common for coral or amber to be mixed in with the silver jewelry.
Yemeni artisans sourced silver from imported Maria Theresa coins, which were used for both currency and to be melted down for jewelry. The large silver beads are called “qahhat,” and are a common shape seen on these pieces. This necklace is mostly silver beads, chains, and dangling ornaments with four strands of small to medium coral beads.
Circa: 19th century
Material: Silver and Coral
Dimensions: 25" when opened and laid flat
Inventory number: JL3823