This hollow cuff bracelet made in the hollow repousse technique is then overlaid with rich decorations of silver granulation and braided wire patterns. It shows the desert tradition of chasing vertical and horizontal stripes and cross hatching into a sheet of silver and setting gemstones or glass in three bezels.
Very similar bracelets are published in Bedouin Jewellery in Saudi Arabia by Heather Collyer Ross, pages 68,69. As Ross points out, the hollow bracelet can be quite large and imposing without using so much metal. This particular bracelet appears to have been completely embossed, engraved and appliqued before being rolled so that the ends met and were soldered on the inside or wrist side of the bracelet. The rounded end caps were then soldered on to close and finish the bracelet.
The Yemen anklets or ankle bracelets are made in this fashion and not in the delicate wire filigree hinged type of the bridal dowry bracelets made by the House of Baws, the Bawsani tradition.
You see the dents in the bracelet from long wear, even a small repair on one of the end caps.
There is a band applied to repair or to decorate one side of the bracelet. I believe this is a very old piece of jewelry or it was worn by a hard worker. Even the repairs show the human sweat patina that develops over a long period of being in touch with human skin.
Such bracelets are less available, especially with the troubles in Yemen.
Inside diameter - 2 in (5 cm)
Distance between ends - 1 in (2.5 cm)
Diameter of bracelet - 0.75 in (2 cm)