These are getting harder to find. At times, when silver is high in price, villagers will pool their silver pieces together and sell them in large cities for much needed money. The antiqued handcrafted silver pieces are melted down for the pure silver, losing the artisan's work forever!
Most of the pieces I collect come from Rajasthan and Gujarat, from a reliable source that has been collecting old village silver for generations. Rather than destroy the artwork for its silver value, they have recognized the historic value of the pieces and tapped into a foreign market that appreciates the beauty and spiritual essence of the pieces.
Generally speaking, Indians do not like old or used items, and superstitiously avoid anything used by another person, so there is not much of a market within India for such works.
I generally collect amulets of goddesses, because that is what I love - if they don't sell, it's ok by me, because I am happy to keep them all. (That pretty much goes for everything I sell!) These are all unique, one of a kind, historical artworks.
Sign up to get the latest on sales, new releases and more …