Omani antique silver ring
Different styles of Omani rings (in Arabic kwawatim) are designed for:
The rings are worn in pairs on both hands. It was not uncommon to wear 5 different style rings on each hand. The old rings are very fine and well made with inlays and filigree work. Rings were frequently reused and made to fit by winding thread around the ring until the ring fitted, again confirming that silver was not always melted down and reused to produce new jewellery at marriage. Wellsted in his detailed description of 1838 writes on page 352: "A singular custom also prevails of staining the entire person with Henna. Shenna, a moss collected from the granite mountains in the Island of Socotra, is also used for a similar purpose" On the photo´s we still see traces of Henna on several of the rings!
Omani silver thumb ring
the surface covered with fine silver filigree inlays