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Designed and Handcrafted in Bisbee, Arizona

Talhakimt, Bohemian Pressed Glass Talisman, Historical Interest. Early 19th Century.


Talhakimt Talhakimt comprise one of the most interesting categories of ornaments. Not only have they been made in a number of different materials, they reflect the economic struggles between the third world and European colonial powers. And they are unique in being a category of pendants that were mounted in metal as jewelry. The stone bead industries of India and Germany, and the pressed glass and/or porcelain manufacturers of France, Germany, Austria, and Italy were all competitors, especially in the 19th and 20th centuries. Their economic battles could be tracked because some of the products were clearly imitations of the products of others. (thank you Beadazzled for this text!) They are sometimes said also to be Fertility Symbols! You can find them unset, but I have hung it on a black cord with two sliding knots so that it is an instant necklace.

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