Large Handmade Tribal Circle Earrings in Miao Silver - Tribal earrings

Large Handmade Tribal Circle Earrings in Miao Silver

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Large Handmade Tribal Circle Earrings in Miao Silver

A pair of beautiful large earrings handmade in Miao Silver.

Miao silver is not the sterling silver used in Western Countries. It is a silver that the Miao people, who mostly lives in the Southwest Mountain range of China, refined in their own way mainly by adding white copper. Miao silver is often more expensive than 925 silver, mainly because is handcrafted and the Miao workmanship is highly refined.
For the Miaos silversmith is a very old art and they have been transmitting it from generation to generation.

A Miao silver piece usually goes from ten to twenty different processes in order to be completed.
 
Because each piece is handmade each one will be unique with slightly different colors. At times, with some vintage pieces, Miao people use natural charcoal to give that black patina so typical of their work. To avoid discoloration it is suggested to pay attention not to get the piece of jewel wet. It is also recommended not to use water to clean them but to do so only with a soft cloth.

There is a beautiful documentary called “Walk into Miao Village in Guizhou” that talks about the Miao people and their culture.

Miao silvermaking was inscribed in China’s National Intangible Cultural Heritage Protection List in 2006, and was listed as one of the country’s 30 most endangered heritage items.

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