Over 100 items of the 18th and 19th centuries’ silverware and jewelry inlaid with gems, embossing, carving and filigree were exhibited in West Kazakhstan Regional Museum of History and Local History. Previously, pendants, bracelets and rings used to indicate family and social status of the owner, give protection and energy. Therefore, jewelers had used various techniques, inserted semiprecious stones, each of which has had its own magical power.

MOLDIR DULETYAROVA, STUDENT, MAKHAMBET UTEMISOV WEST KAZAKHSTAN STATE UNIVERSITY:

The exhibition demonstrates our ancestors’ heritage who displayed the beauty and culture of that time. I think that each piece of jewelry tells the story of its time.  I am impressed with the exhibits.

The ring with the ornament of the bird's beak is a symbol of freedom. It was worn by unmarried young girls. This matchmaker’s ring symbolized the unity of two families. A bride’s mother used to present it to a groom’s mother. The museum’s guides say there is much to tell about each exhibit. For example, this samovar was made in France as a special order. It was brought to the Kazakh steppe two centuries ago.

GULBOBEK KALESHOVA, GUIDE, WEST-KAZAKHSTAN REGIONAL MUSEUM OF HISTORY AND LOCAL HISTORY:

This silverware used to be very expensive. It was sold for 100 horses in Bokei Orda.

The exhibition features about 2,000 exhibits. The museum fund has more than 130,000 of items. According to experts, the fund is being continuously replenished, several expeditions work on it at once.

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