Our Jewelry Collection
Above the Fray: Traditional Hilltribe Art offers a modest selection of unique traditional jewelry. Some of the jewelry we offer is newly made; other pieces may be older and carry the soft patina of hill tribe use.
Traditionally, for many ethnic groups, pure silver jewelry (gold is rare) is handed down in the family as heirloom value, often transferred to the next generation at the time of marriage. However, Above the Fray chooses not to deal in antique or heirloom items. The jewelry we offer is either made of other metals, or has a low percent silver.
However, quality jewelry without significant silver content is commonly worn by hill tribe women, and the authenticity of the design and the quality of workmanship is not necessarily compromised by its lower metal value. Indeed, few woman wish to wear their heirloom valuables outside of ceremonial or formal settings, but they do like to wear traditional jewelry on everyday trips to the market or when visiting friends.
Many of the pieces are stunning on western women; some more elaborate pieces – especially the bulky pendant and coin bedecked necklaces - may be better suited for framing and display.