I emailed Ruth, the owner, and told her of my discovery. She believes the necklace to be 75 to 100 years old but wasn't sure where in Afghanistan the necklace was made. She said that these dies are not that uncommon to find but I would LOVE to know if these dies were duplicated or one of a kind.... and, I want to learn how these brass dies are made. Were they designed by men or women? AND, are they still made today? Does anyone out there know?
necklace from Bead Paradise
Afghan bronze jewelry die
my metal clay creation made from the die above