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iconnumber posted 02-11-2005 02:41 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for collecting.dust     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I bought this necklace a couple of months ago and have struggled to do a correct id of it.

There are no markings but it does test as silver. Judging by the acid reaction I would say its lower grade than sterling - probably 800.

These are guesses on my part about it

? Persian - Iran / Iraq origin.
? the arabic writing relates to a specific prayer or passages from the Qu'ran
? Possibly some kind of wedding or dowry necklace.

The clasp suggests it does have some age.
But could this just be Tourist Fayre.

Can anyone shed any light on this as I am a little intrigued by it.

Thank you for any help

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iconnumber posted 02-11-2005 02:53 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for collecting.dust     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hello there

I forgot to say that the arabic writing on this is on both sides of the necklace - so even the side next to the skin bears the arabic inscriptions.



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iconnumber posted 10-29-2005 10:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Russell     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hi Dusty,
Your photos did not materialize. Some old near eastern silver is as low as 650. If the piece has an Arabic inscription, it may be a religious amulet, such as the Ayat al Kursi (the Throne Verse, a very popular prayer), see the Second Surah, around line 255 of the Kuran. I hope this helps.

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