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  • Animals do capture my imagination, and this vintage silver ram, inlaid on one side with turquoise, is no exception. He was made in Afghanistan, wonderfully detailed, with deeply embossed spiralled horns and etched fur. His age is difficult to detect, but he certainly has some years on him. He is made of a very low-grade silver and there are hints of copper around his belly. The wide ring that works as a way to attach him, is partly made of brass, to contrast to the silver. He polishes up nicely, with a lovely warm glow, as older silver tends to do. The ram is 5 cm long and stands at 4 cm high and 18 mm deep. He is a quite charming piece, which can be worn either with the turquoise showing or flipped over, without the turquoise.

  • The ram is often the symbol of protection because it is the ram that protects the herd. But he is also an emblem of determination, initiative and leadership.

  • The ram hangs on a necklace of mat onyx beads in two sizes, 13.9 mm and 6 mm.

  • To give the necklace life, and continue with the same type of silver, I have added vintage, Afghan silver. There are six of these, large, traditionally made sterling silver on hardened resin beads, in octagonal shapes. At 24 mm, these are important beads which show their age with tiny, occasional dents. At the front of the necklace, there are two further Afghan silver beads, at 12.6 mm.

  • Like the ram, the age of these beads is challenging to detect, but once again, they are difficult to find and have a certain amount of age to them, whether they are 60 years old or 30. The Afghan artisans have been making both silver and gold, using ancient techniques, handed down to them by the Greeks who once occupied them.

  • I have then knotted the black silk/polyester cord with the traditional Chinese “flat knot” as well as the “button knot”. This is not only a classical Chinese technique, but it lightens the necklace and makes it quite comfortable to wear. It also sets off the design.

  • A silver toggle clasp has been used because toggle clasps are easy to use and secure. My silver name label is attached at the clasp. The clasp has been made by the Karen hill tribes, of twisted silver to create a rope design.

  • The necklace comes, like all my necklaces, with its own colour co-ordinated silk brocaded pouch bag, made by a Shanghai tailor.

  • Length 43 cm with a pendant drop of 4 cm.