Ancient Turkmenistan Cuff Bilezik
Ancient traditional cuff in Silver embedded with Cornaline.
These bracelets – shaped as a cufflink and usually gold gilded with the Vermeil technique – are called ‘Bilezik’. In this particular case the golden plating has faded away with time, leaving a cleaner item that more resembles its original features.
The open part, usually quite narrow, is completed with Silver fringes, shaped as teeth or claws, which usually recall snake heads or arrows, symbolically used to ward off the evil eye.
The differently shaped fringes are the trademarks of different goldsmiths.
This bracelet, which weighs 262 grams, is also purchased as a collector’s item.