Dating jewellery clasps
The tubular bead itself is slightly over 1 3/4 inches long. There are ten pre Columbian amulet beads, and three plain ones. This 18 inch long necklace of silver beads from Afghanistan sits nicely with the plaque/pendant at the base of the neck. The work is very very fine, and includes a container at the bottom end. The Baba Egum is responsible keeping up the moral standards of the community.The largest zoomorphic one in the middle is 1 1/4 inches long. It hasn't been polished for a while and I think would like a little gentle buffing. The tiny piece that keeps the container closed is missing but could quite easily be replaced by a jeweller who is used to working with antique pieces. This Tuareg "elkez" bracelet is remarkably heavy at 345.9 grams. I am not sure what material the piece is made from (it is quite heavy and will require extra shipping costs) - it has been beautifully and richly painted and stands calmly - waiting... The originating religion came from Africa and was brought by priests (arriving as slaves) from the Orishas of Yoruba, the Voduns of the Jeje nation and the Nkisis of the Bantu starting in the mid 1500s. orishas act as protectors of the people and all have specific powers and directions to their lives.Sometime around the turn of the 20th century, the locking C clasp was invented.These clasps have a spinning locking mechanism that hold the brooch securely in place.This old style C Clasp shows the pin extending quite a way beyond the brooch and held by a C piece of metal.
It is possible to find more contemporary pieces still using unlocking C clasps or trombone clasps but generally, they were used on earlier styles.Some general styles are T bar pins, C clasps, C clasps with extended pins, Locking C clasps, Trombone clasps.The T Bar clasp is one of the earliest styles of clasps for brooches and pins. The pin extended slightly over the edge and had no locking or holding mechanism.Early locking C clasps opened downwards, and more modern ones open upwards. It was widely used for jewelry designs in 1910 and remains popular today.Early locking clasps often had a small rounded mechanism, and later ones had a locking piece that was separate and slipped over the holding piece of the clasp.