Antique Pearl and Turquoise Brooch from Ladakh

Antique Pearl and Turquoise Brooch from Ladakh

Six baroque natural pearls are scattered around an oblong of turquoise in a field of engraved silver filigree...

The organic matrix in the turquoise creates a simple landscape that adds to the charm. The workmanship is straightforward but a bit heavy handed for such lovely pearls and turquoise. It was acquired from an estate sale in the 1970s and was said to have been acquired in Ladakh or Kashmir in N. India.

The scalloped oval shape filled with swirling filagree does suggest the paisley/boteh designs created in Kashmir and the jewels reflect the love of pearls and turquoise in Himalayan Ladakh.

This lovely piece measures 2.5" long x 2"wide.