Book your stay

Hotel
Arrival date
Departure date
Rooms
1
Adults
Children
SELECT RATE
RATE CODE

Exploring The Art Of Bedouin Jewellery

The intimate, meandering souqs of Muscat are rich territory for uncovering the treasures of Bedouin jewellery. And – whilst the latest succession of international runway shows reveal a Fashion World transfixed by the symbolism of crystal and gemstone – few locations offer a more intense or sensuous environment to discover traditional jewellery at its most alluring.

From anklets to amulets, the stalls of silversmiths are awash with colours and stories – alive in the warm ambers, agates and cornelian, brilliant turquoise and softly iridescent pearls. No detail spared; elaborate beading, intricate meshwork and Arabic inscriptions are all the hallmarks of this craft.

But beyond the emotionally transparent, “wear-your-heart-on-your-sleeve” ostentation that so often characterises western notions of adornment, Bedouin jewellery has historically served a larger purpose.

Traditionally the preserve of Arabia’s nomadic tribes, jewellery provided the primary means of transporting wealth. Whilst a thread of stylistic continuity runs back thousands of years, with each generation that passed, pieces were melted down to return in new iterations or incarnations over the next. For Bedouins – personal expression is bound up inseparably with ideas of independence, security and even survival.

Today, pioneered by the likes of Gaia Repossi, haute jewellers are taking a more anthropological approach to their craft – borrowing forms and silhouettes from a broad range of cultural and ethnic references. In Muscat, at least, there is still the possibility to discover this allure in its purest form.
 
To Top

We use cookies to provide you with a better service. Carry on browsing if you're happy with this, or find out how to manage cookies.

Accept
%>