Jewelry and cult

For thousands of years the jewelry in Central Asia was inseparable from rites and cult practices.

The taste for composition uniting the brilliant radiance of silver with the bright colors of such gemstones as pearls, coral and turquoise was the main characteristic linking the jewelry of Iran, Central Asia and Turkey.
Beaten and chased work in filigree enhanced the sheen and shimmer of silver, creating a delicate chromatic interplay with the colored stones, especially coral.
The precious red glory of the Mediterranean captured the imagination of nomadic people of the deserts with its mysterious origins and its durability, and came to symbolize the life force, very close to the image of coral in european popular traditions.
The ancient cults considered ornaments as possessing magical powers which could influence the invisible forces. Coral began to be considered as a protective amulet or talisman with positive properties, in addition to its commercial value.

The distinctive features of these jewelry became common property thanks to trading contacts and the deportations, whether voluntary or under duress, of the most accomplished craftsmen. The jewellers, the zargars, and their workshops and tools were invested with sacred attributes. The zargars were held in high esteem not only by the populace but also by the Khans themselves.

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