Eleven antique Omani silver "Thumb rings"

Antique Omani silver Thumb-ring called Jabriyah


Common thumb-ring which is called the Jabirah / Jabriya. It is a wide band of silver with a silver line  superimposed from top to bottom.  In the slide-show you find a number of different thumb-rings in our collection.  Often with fine silver inlays and detailed designs! The enlarged photos confirm the high quality Omani silversmith work.


Omani antique silver ring

Omani antique silver ring Omani antique silver ring

Omani antique silver ringOmani antique silver ring

Antique Omani silver ringAntique Omani silver ring

antique Omani silver ringAntique Omani silver ring

Arab names: Gabira (used in Oman Adorned) / Jabriyah / Jabirah / Jabiyrah (according to Carter this is the name given in towns)


Origin: Worn by women throughout Oman.

  • Craft and heritage of Oman vol 2 p 446/447
  • Oman Adorned by Pauline Shelton  Robert Richmond / Apex London 1997 page 112-115
  • R. Richmond: A tribute to Oman 18th National day Ring cycle master pieces of traditional jewelery page 149-153
  • J.L. Carter Tribes in Oman Peninsular publishing 1982 page 27
  • A tribute to Oman National day Volume X "Muscat and its custom houses" Robert Richmond. Apex page 80
  • Disappearing treasures of Oman 1998 by Avelyn Foster p 86 fig 82 ; Traditional silver jewelry and handicrafts from Oman 2009 by Jean Greffioz p 111
  • Islamic Art in Oman page 355
  • PDO News No 4/1992 p 27
  • Exhibition catalogue De Kracht van Zilver, etnische sieraden uit de collectie Smith-Hutschenruyter, Mols. L. e.a., Mercatorfonds Brussel & Wereldmuseum Rotterdam, 2011, p. 108, afb. 16
  • Wereld Museum Rotterdam has some similar Omani rings. Ex collection Smith / Hutschenruyter. e.g. Inventory 77205