My Story and Mission
Wearing any piece of jewelry is a personal choice. It refreshes a memory, an association with place and sometimes builds a bond or connection for future generations. The jewelry I work with bonds me with Afghanistan—my home country. My late father fed and clothed us by making vintage pieces of jewelry during the Afghan-Soviet war and later in refugee camps in Peshawar, Pakistan. My father transferred his art of making jewelry to our entire family as a way to continue our love of art and our culture when our life conditions were very difficult in refugee camps. The money he earned from making jewelry not only helped our family survive but also enabled us to go to school and get an education. It was because of his art that I was able to get higher education and later secure a prestigious Fulbright scholarship to enter Cornell University.
Many villages and cities in Afghanistan, are still living in desperate, unfavorable conditions due to prolonged war. These families like ours rely on small-scale industries, including silversmithing and goldsmithing. The situation continues to be dire and my heart goes out to them because of their limited market access; they are working hard yet working poor.
I want to see every child in Afghan villages get educated and have the opportunity to live a relatively stable life. I also feel the importance of sharing our beautiful culture. This is my dream and I want others in my country to be able to realize their dreams through silversmithing amidst the violence and suffering.
Too many people equate Afghanistan solely with violence and suffering. It is our hope that these beautifully crafted jewelry items—under the Afghan Silver brand—will capture the other side of our remarkable country. Indeed, from our hands to yours!
Afghan Silver is third generation jewelers with a rich family heritage and established design expertise. We feature a unique design and intriguing assortment of jewelry that embody our artistic reflection and fine artisanship. Preserving rare artisanship of our ancestors, we not only contribute to our rich history but also generate employment opportunities through strong linkages with communities engaged in the handicrafts and jewelry making industry and thereby fostering export-oriented value chains in Afghanistan.
With a modern interpretation, our artistic skills encapsulate the elegance and tantalizingly exquisite richness of the Afghan jewelry making craft. We use our rare jewelry design techniques to meticulously make iconic pieces and turn our customer’s imagination into timeless designs that will shine bright creating memorable pieces.
We make vintage style, semi antique and modern Afghan jewelry: rings, earrings, bracelets, necklaces, pendants, etc. handcrafted with impeccable details. Our beautiful geometric and rectangular mixed-cut semi-precious stones, from various mines and deposits of Afghanistan, set into silver, gold and platinum rings and elegant necklaces. With each piece we add a unique touch of glamour and grace. All the materials used are 100% genuine, and of highest quality, and ethically sourced.
Our collection of jewelry consists of handmade pure silver jewelry and gilt silver or German silver jewelry. Our gemstones collection are lapis lazuli, turquoise, emerald and topaz, spinel, tourmaline, kunzite, amethyst, aquamarine, citrine, peridot, quartz, ametrine, apatite, sphene etc. These beautiful stones are all mined in the Afghan countryside and reflect our colorfully rich country.
Handmade Silver Jewelry
Our handmade silver jewelry consists of necklaces, bracelets, pendants, charms, earrings etc. They are Afghanistan’s authentic handmade jewelry, which demonstrate the brilliance of Afghan gemstones and artisanship. Our designs are inspired by centuries old arts, those designed by our ancestors in Afghanistan, with a modern touch. Most of our jewelry features beautiful stones such as lapis lazuli, turquoise, emerald and topaz, spinel, tourmaline, kunzite, amethyst, aquamarine, citrine, peridot, quartz, ametrine, apatite, sphene etc.
Every Piece is stamped with 925 to let you know that it is made of the most durable and rigid silver alloy available in the world. It contains 92.5% silver and 7.5% other metals, such as copper, to provide stability and strength. The 925 stamp on all the jewelry is our promise.
Gilt silver Jewelry
Our gilt silver collection comes directly from the tribal belt of the Hindu Kush Mountains. The origin of this style of jewelry is believed to be in the craft of the Kuchi tribe. The Kuchi were a nomadic group of traders- living the life of gypsies throughout Central. Asia. Afghani Kuchi Jewelry has been exuberant, joyful, and eclectic. Their festive pieces were filled with color and sound, with dangling charms and bells creating music. We bring you all these styles from our hands to yours.
Afghanistan has historically been well known for its lapis lazuli deposits, however, significant amounts of fine emerald, tourmaline, kunzite, and some rubies are now emerging from my country. The mines have recently produced gem materials are for the most part in the northeastern portion of the country, north and east of Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan. Emeralds have been found primarily in the Panjshir Valley. Pegmatite gems-tourmaline, kunzite, and aquamarine-have been found in the Nuristan region, crossing the provinces of Laghman and Konar. Rubies have been found in the southern portion of the Sorobi district, in Kabul Province. We deal with rough stones, lapis lazuli, turquoise, emerald and topaz, spinel, tourmaline, kunzite, amethyst, aquamarine, citrine, peridot, quartz, ametrine, apatite, sphene etc.
We are a strong growing business dealing with retail clients, designers and trade clients. We sell our handmade products in retail and in wholesale.
We ensure that every single piece purchased by you at Afghan Silver always comes with complete satisfaction and authenticity because your trust is something that keeps us going.