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Posted by: Joyce Post Reply
05/13/2012, 22:28:53

Though it's almost over, it's still not too late to wish all Moms a Happy Day. I hope you all could spend some time doing what you love most. My day went......drink coffee...string some beads, then walk around in the cute old downtown and browse the junk/antique shops with my son. We had a nice afternoon...and since he's 14, I am very happy that he still wants to spend time with his mom on Mother's Day. (He's at an age of strong gender identification with his dad.)

I've been restringing some old favorites. There are a couple of new (to me) necklaces in the group as well. The inner strand are ancient amazonite from Mauritania, with a few old amber and silver beads. The rest are old Venetians from the African trade. I wear beads every day, so some reach a time of restringing now and then in new combinations and strong new cord.

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Unlikely combination
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Posted by: Joyce Post Reply
05/13/2012, 22:34:37

I've had all of these for awhile - 2 years for the vintage early 20th century Mississippi river mussel shell shoe buttons, probably 8 years for the old black coral with silver color "nailheads" and possibly Yemeni silver beads which both came via Yemen with Abdul Touray. This necklace is full of texture and pattern and really feels neat. I think I'll like wearing it. Thank you to David for the great images.

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Re: Unlikely combination- splendid and inventive...!
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05/14/2012, 01:43:37



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Beautiful!
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Posted by: Logan Post Reply
05/14/2012, 02:52:17

Happy Mother's Day to you, too!



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Who would not wear this fantastic necklace! Love it!
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Posted by: karavanserai Post Reply
05/14/2012, 04:22:40

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love the buttons and "via Yemen"?
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Posted by: brianbrian Post Reply
05/15/2012, 03:12:29

I often think that buttons are a kind of undeservedly poor cousin to beads. Perhaps not, maybe there is a Button Collectors Network too!

I'm sure black coral was originally widely used in Yemen as prayer beads, misbaha. Modern misbaha beads tend to be smaller than the black coral beads in your necklace though black coral prayer beads from the beginning of the 20thC are bigger (like yours) according to the photos from "Coral in the Traditional Ornaments of the Yemen".

The silver beads are interesting and I also have some which came from Yemen or possibly "via Yemen". I think that they may actually be modern beads made in Yemen. The interest in and prices paid for old, high quality silver work from Yemen could have stimulated a cottage industry in reproductions/ fakes depending on how they are represented. If the skill still exists to produce them. I think it probably does. One doubt that I have regarding these beads is the silver content. I've never tested the silver but it seems to be different from the range of alloys used in old work.

Your beads are much less patinated than mine but I think they are the same.

I have seen other Yemeni items here on BCN that I think may also be modern, high quality, high price Yemeni reproductions.
Brian

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Hi Brian,
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Posted by: Joyce Post Reply
05/15/2012, 05:52:09

Yes, I said "via Yemen" because I haven't been entirely sure about the origin of my silver beads - Abdul wasn't either. He thought they were newer - and it was before silver went thru the roof - I wish now that we had bought all he had! The black coral are nice and rotund.



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there are also old links between Yemen, India and Indonesia, so maybe from there
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05/15/2012, 06:28:05

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old Yemeni silver filigree Bowsani? beads and repros?
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05/15/2012, 03:17:36

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Re: Happy Mother's Day! What beads have you been wearing lately?
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Posted by: beadweyr Post Reply
05/14/2012, 05:56:23

Great necklaces. I love the combinations. I really like the pink one. Happy Mothers Day:)
Wayne



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Verrrrry nice Joyce, love the creative use of the shoe buttons! Beautiful.
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05/14/2012, 20:48:42



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Blue with yellow zen pattern - very nice, very rare!!!
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Posted by: Rosanna Post Reply
05/14/2012, 22:36:24



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Thank you!
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Posted by: Joyce Post Reply
05/14/2012, 22:50:33

At least 6 forum members may recognize some beads that were once in their piles.....hugs and thank you!!



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Thanks everybody, I really would like to see what you are wearing lately too....
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05/14/2012, 22:51:38



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Re: Thanks everybody, I really would like to see what you are wearing lately too....
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Posted by: karavanserai Post Reply
05/16/2012, 09:39:34

My friend Karen put together this necklace for me with some ancient Afghan beads I had: stone (mainly quartz),glass, shell and some small 'moon' African trade beads. The silver end beads are Turkoman; The chain is new silver. When I wear it it just feels right and part of me.The picture does not do it justice though.
I still have to finish my first own composition some time soon. Not sure it will be up to the high standards here though .

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What beads have you been wearing ? My necklaces with Yemenite elements
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Posted by: paula Post Reply
05/15/2012, 14:37:16

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Re: What beads have you been wearing ? My favorite
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Posted by: paula Post Reply
05/15/2012, 14:44:14

My favorite, made with hamsas and elements from Tunisia, and coral from Bassem (thank you, Joyce)!

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Lovely showing of hamsas!
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Posted by: Joyce Post Reply
05/15/2012, 21:51:13

Thank you for showing these pieces, Paula! The cascade of these nice old hamsas is very graceful.



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This would be my favourite too!! Great design and wonderful elements!
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Posted by: karavanserai Post Reply
05/16/2012, 03:35:21

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Black, White, Red themed strand, mostly Venetians
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Posted by: Rosanna Post Reply
05/15/2012, 18:16:16

Here's my latest favorite strand to wear - Venetians, plus two old worn shell "elbows". I love old brick red beads, especially ones like this large center example that clearly shows the hand-wound nature of the construction.

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The red / black "rattlesnakes" (or "pineapples"?!) are terrific!
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Posted by: Joyce Post Reply
05/15/2012, 21:54:38



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They come in a red / green color combo also
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Posted by: Rosanna Post Reply
05/16/2012, 21:28:43

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Fantastic beads! Love these colours . Very nice, thank you!
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05/16/2012, 03:38:42

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