You are looking at a special necklace of antique Yemeni tribal Bedouin ethnic jewelry. They feature one of the most interesting and distinguished style of the rich antique Yemeni line of jewelry. It's appropriately called "weladdah” or birth necklace because it was customary to be worn by the pregnant mother. The fatality rate amongst newly born was very high in the past, and with the lack of medical care, the birth process was desperately surrounded with superstitious measures to protect the mother and her infant. And since coral, resembled life for tribal Yemenis, the wearing of such necklaces was one of the most important birth related practices. Even if it's synthetic like those on our necklace, as long as it's red. The strands are separated with ornate globes, and the necklace feature a beautiful central amulet case with applied filigree and lot's of filigree drops. It has well worn patina and hasn't been re strung in decades, holding it's very original configuration.
Total weight: 169 grams - length less end rope: 20 inch