Vintage red glass jewel Kuchi ring.
Size: 7 US
Materials: Mixed Metals, glass jewel
Metal Finish: Unpolished
Metal Color: Silvery and slightly shiny
Jewel Color: Red
Jewel Shape: Round, but this setting has been a bit crunched on one side
Vintage Kuchi ring from Afghanistan. Inset is a round red glass jewel. Ring face is slightly raised openwork with jewel at the top. Jewel sits about 1/2 inche up frm the finger. US size 7. Silvery metal color and a bit shiny.
The story of Kuchi jewelry, like all tribal jewelry, is rich with influences from many cultures. These beautiful pieces with colorful glass jewels and jingling bells originally came from the nomadic Pashtoon tribes that wandered the border areas of Afghanistan and Pakistan, along ancient routes between the seasons, moving down from the mountains in the winter and back to their homes in the summer. The word Kuchi itself is derived from a Persian word meaning migration, in relation to nomads or gypsies, and does not describe a particular group or people, but rather a state of being.