Oman has a very rich and distinctive jewelry tradition. Due to the nation’s long history of seafaring and trade, many influences of other cultures can be seen in Omani jewelry. Oman in particular traded with India and the Golden Triangle: trading partners whose influence is still visible in Omani jewelry today. Many Omani anklets and bracelets are reminiscent of Indian jewelry.
Traditional gold and silversmiths still employ ancient techniques such as chasing, embossing, engraving, piercing, filigree, and granulation. Design motifs and techniques display influences from other countries including India, China, Persia, Yemen and the ancient Roman, Greek and Sabaean Empires, reflecting Oman’s long history as maritime traders.
- A woman’s jewelry symbolizes her status as married women and later as a mother, as it is customary to gift one’s wife with jewelry for the birth of each child
- A specific type of Omani necklace clearly derives from the jewelry of the Hmong tribes in the Golden Triangle
- The use of coins or‘umla’ is widespread throughout the Middle East, North Africa and beyond.