Afghan Jewelry - Jewelry from Afghanistan almost always includes deep-blue Lapis Lazuli – a stone that has been used for millennia in jewelry making and is often associated with royalty in archeological excavations. Sparkling bits of pyrite fleck its deep blue color, giving it the appearance of the night sky – a symbol of endless possibilities. The finest Lapis Lazuli in the world comes from Afghani mines, along with jade, agate, carnelian, and turquoise. Silver and coin metal are the metals of choice. Gold is rarely used in Afghan jewelry, except for the occasional gilding.
For decades, Afghanistan and surrounding regions have experienced war and difficult times. Many jewelry artisans moved away or are unable to find traditional materials and tools to work with. As a result, much of the new Afghan Jewelry is ruggedly constructed using metal alloy (gilet). The artistry remains, however, with traditional Tribal styling still evident in even in the most roughly hewn pieces. Generally, new Afghan Jewelry is worn as casual wear or for dance. With some exceptions, it is among the Vintage and Antique Afghani Jewelry where you will find the Museum Quality and Collectible pieces.
Afghan Jewelry is frequently included under the Turkmen and Kuchi Jewelry categories because their geographic areas overlap.