Introduction to Uyğur Jewelry
An introduction to Uyğur jewelry based on my experiences as an antique collector
Traditional Uyğur Jewelry
Traditional Uyğur jewelry inherits much of its style from historical Turkic and Inner-Asian jewelry traditions. The pieces that fall under this category of Uyğur Jewelry typically possess a combination of the following traits:
This shape is mostly utilized in hoop-style earrings such as the one seen above.
Abstract Cloud Shape
Cloud Shape 1 makes up the body of the this earring, while Cloud Shape 2 makes up the upper portion that is connected to the hook.
Cloud Shape 3 makes up the body of the this earring, while Cloud Shape 4 makes up the upper portion that is connected to the hook.
Cloud Shape 5 makes up this pendant.
Ultimately, these "cloud" shapes are derived from the Oğuz Tuğrıl or double-headed eagle shape.
Wheel shapes are essentially limited to these specific category of earrings.
This earring exhibits a rare type of floral shape in Uyğur jewelry.
Barring the Cloud Shape 2 tassel bead, the tassel beads of this (repurposed) necklace exhibit some of the more common types of floral medallion-like shapes in Uyğur jewelry.
Found among Uyğur tassel pendants and in their variations of Tumars.
Gold content (rare)
Enamel (somewhat rare)
Coil filigree with a center granule
Coiled wire filigree
Flower petal filigree
Floral filigree (typically 5 to 6, sometimes 8, petals)
Floral filigree terminals and ornaments
Dragon or "S"-shaped filigree (rare)
Gems and stones (various)
Dragon / "S"-shaped chain
Turkmen / double-ladder chain
Ottoman / rolo chain (rare)
Diamond shaped charms
Afghan / kuchi charms
Turkmen charms (rare)