Nepalese Jewellery – Ruth Tomlinson

Nepalese Jewellery


During my recent mountain trek in the Himalayas I have seen jewellery adorned on many Nepalese women.  The silver craftmanship has intricate detail yet a decorative necklace can be constructed by joining several neutral stones, coral and turquoise held together by yak hide string. 


I love this photo of a Nepali Lady in 1890 adorned in all her finery, the overlapping coin necklace being common in East Nepal. Besides the function of money, and indicator of wealth, coins are regarded as almost sacred when placed on a woman’s body to ease her passage into release.


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