Jewellery

For the last 30 years I have been buying silver, some old some new. From souks in Oman, sitting on a dusty floor and excitedly sifting through piles of old silver tipped out of sacks, to a tiny workshop at the top of some ancient stone steps in the Khan El Khalil in Cairo. To me, silver is more beautiful than gold, so soft to feel and easy to wear. Yes, you have to polish it, but the joy of transforming a dirty tarnished piece of silver to me is magical!

Rings in Oman are worn on hands and feet. While toe rings are normally simple round rings with bosses, rings for the finger are often ornate and are of varying design according to which finger they are to be worn on. They are made in pairs, one for each hand, and there is a different one for each finger and for the thumb. Although, there appears to be no specific wedding-ring, the set of ten may be given at the time of the marriage.
Precious stones do not appear frequently in Omani rings, presumably because they are not very readily available, but occasionally a small turquoise or other coloured stone is found.
Zar or magic rings (see ring item #9) with a square decorative base, a small decoration in each corner and in the centre and a shoulder on each side, may give the impression of the shape of a dome on a mosque – these rings are probably worn on ceremonial occasions.
I have tried to be as accurate as possible with ring sizes following UK measurements. I only put a few rings on my site, these are usually ones that I find interesting and different.

  • coral

  • Kai

  • abu fauz

  • thai

  • Aswad

  • Delta

  • Aten

  • Sawadi

  • Abiyad

  • Adina

  • Sawadi