The Culture of Nuosu Jewelry

Silver Dangle earrings
Traditionally, girls had both ears pierced as babies, while boys had only the left ear pierced; most people still follow this custom. Women wear dangly earrings that chime softly and glint in the sunlight or firelight, while men traditionally wore simple rings in their one pierced ear. Both genders wear rings and bracelets, though women wear more and fancier ones.

The craft of the silversmith is highly developed and greatly respected among the Nuosu, and includes such arts as making wire, pounding and cutting thin sheets, casting, soldering and stamping both directly and by repusse. All the hot work was traditionally over a furnace dug out of the baked-mud floor of the workshop, fanning the charcoal fire with handmade, sheepskin bellows.

Nuosu silversmiths now often work in urban shops, fanning their tabletop furnaces with electric blowers, but they still produce the same exquisite items. You can purchase the work of these smiths, to appreciate and to show off, from our JEWELRY MARKETPLACE.

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