These traditional solid high grade silver round earrings, are the real thing worn for generations by the colourful Black Hmong women, the trademark separating them from other ethnic minorities. Normally worn three pairs at once, these distinctly designed are handcrafted by highly skillful Black Hmong silversmith using traditional methods and patterns to create these embossed earrings with a classic triangle rise in the middle and fern frond patterns on the end. Since these are handmade, so slight variations are standard and clearly visible.
These earrings are worn by pulling out the thinner portion from the spiral holding post and inserted through the back of the ear. As an option and to maintain the integrity of the metal, dangling hooks are sometimes provided for permanent attachment to keep the metal from wearing through a multitude of openings. The women rarely take them out, eliminating the problem of metal fatigue.
The Black Hmong's love of silver is famous throughout SE Asia and their silversmith skills are renowned. Traditionally, they keep much of their family wealth in the form of silver jewelry and French colonial silver coins. On New Year's Day they wear it all in an impressive display, even children and men wear silver ornaments. Both men and women, for example, wear thick heavy silver neck rings and bracelets. They are often seen wearing large silver pendants vaguely resembling the shape of an old style lock. Worn at the back or the front, ‘soul lock pendants’ are said to lock the restless spirit in the body and prevent accidental departure into the next world.
To the Black Hmong, silver symbolizes more than wealth; it is the essence of a good life.....
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lousat (68469) 2012-10-08 8:37
Great idea this pic looking for the heart of details,magnificent pov and exposure to create a magic atmosphere and stranges sensatiions,nice to see something to different,i like it! Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano
holmertz (34533) 2012-10-08 8:40
This is a brilliant close-up of a very interesting piece of handicraft and cultural hertage. The great advantage of the photo is that it was taken "on location", i.e. including the earlobe and part of the cheek of the owner. That certainly makes the photo more interesting.
Noel_Byrne (17121) 2012-10-08 9:44
Great detail image here, the skill that goes into the jewellery is apparent. The note you have behind this also adds a lot to the overall image, thanks for sharing!
ACL1978 (7313) 2012-10-08 10:24
Once again demonstrating your outstanding eye for personal detail, Abmdsudi. A beautiful closeup of this lovely piece of jewelry, with great detail. The context of the woman's face and individual strands of hair shows just how precisely you captured and focused this shot.
ciakgiak (30403) 2012-10-08 10:49
hai avuto la splendida idea di fotografare questo bellissimo ed interessante gioiello, e l'hai fatto conservandone al meglio i fregi, i decori ed i dettagli.
E' proprio vero che la fotografia ti mette a contatto con un mondo tutto nuovo.
Bravo, e grazie per la condivisione.
Un caro saluto
Highmountains (2255) 2012-10-08 11:01
Amazing close-up !! The extreme closeup expresses in detail the beautiful hand crafted silverware - in this case, the earring - that the woman is wearing. The image is sharp and the colours have been captured to perfection. The silver contrasts with the colour of the skin and the black clothes.
The composition is interesting, with the ornament being positioned - not at the centre, as one would have tempted to do - but a little to the right, so as to get the right balance of the colour of the skin.
A very fine and smart degree of blur of the contours of the womans cheek enhances the focus on the subject.
Great light to get the shape and curve of the earring. Thanks for sharing an extraordinary and facinating close-up.
korbee (6615) 2012-10-08 11:42
Excelent details Abmdsudi,youve done everything you could with the day light shining on the jewelery,well done,and thanks for a vieuw of the hmong culture.
pajaran (45442) 2012-10-08 11:53
Vrlo interesantan i dobar tekst ...
Lepa mindjusa ...
Dobra ostrina i kontrast, lepe boje.
Nakit krasi, lepe zene i muskarce.
Very interesting and good text ...
Beautiful earrings ...
Good sharpness and contrast, beautiful color.
Jewelry adorned, beautiful women and men.
All the best.
jemaflor (77476) 2012-10-08 12:46
Good close up and perfect light and sharpness management, tfs this detail.
ourania (22684) 2012-10-08 13:36
an excellent presentation of the marvellous silver handicraft. Your composition is most effective in attracting the viewer's attention on the lovely earings. Their circular shape and pleasant sheen dominate the frame and emphasize the importance silver jewellery has in the Black Hmong women's lives. Sharpness is remarkable and we are able to appreciate even the slightest details of the earrings' design and patterns.I like very much the richness of the dark tones and the warmth of the human skin. The earrings have the same definition and shine regardless of the backdrop colours. Your note is most informative. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great day,
SteveH (6191) 2012-10-08 20:50
Hi Abmdsudi, well seen and executed. Although only showing us a small part of your subject the image conveys much more. Great idea. Cheers, Steve
Suppiluliuma (3863) 2012-10-08 21:36
A real documentary !
The narrative is excellent and the picture provided helps us to visualize its content.
JFS (32457) 2012-10-08 22:46
Great detail and light, a very nice and peculiar shot, thanks my friend.
SnapRJW (26942) 2012-10-08 22:57
Hello Abmdsudi - A great note which tells us so much about the importance of silver in the Black Hmong culture and a shot which is beautifully presented and a very good illustration to accompany the note. Excellent TE contribution. Very good detailing in this finely-worked earring, you have achieved very good sharpness where it matters and I love the light across the piece; it shows of the soft gleam of the metal. Nice work! Warm regards rosemary
Fis2 (79742) 2012-10-09 1:01
A very curious detail.
Good frame and light.
shevchenko (18989) 2012-10-09 1:30
Good close up to show artistic and unique earings in traditional style, clear to show the beautiful carvings on the ring, informative note to introduce their wearing, interesting composition, distinct image, well done.
josepmarin (57267) 2012-10-09 2:01
in this extraordinary close-up we can see perfectly all the details, the textures and the engravings of this silver round earring, in an image with a great sharpness.
I like how you have treated the lighting, how you have played with the shades in the negative space, and the chromatic reached quality.
It is an excellent work.
kordinator (14829) 2012-10-09 7:46
You had a wonderful idea of photographing this beautiful and interesting silver jewelry.
Beautiful details and impressive colors.
Bravo and thanks for sharing.
siamesa (27701) 2012-10-09 7:57
Bom dia Abmdsudi
Very interesting photo. I like these jewels, mainly when they are symbols of a culture of a people. Very well done.
dkmurphys (44563) 2012-10-09 9:51
Quite a fine detail. I like the artwork of this jewelry and the high quality image. Well seen, good catch!
marabu61 (6457) 2012-10-09 13:37
Worn in pairs of three, now that must be heavy.
Very interesting note and superb close up of this beautiful piece of jewelry.
have a great time
aliabazari (10516) 2012-10-09 19:51
Insert is a film. Submit a beautiful display. Exposure nicely done.
delpeoples (50623) 2012-10-09 20:00
Hello dear Abmdsudi
This would be a photo that most people (including me) would ruin. But you have turned it into a masterpiece through your skillful light management. The details, the shallow depth of field and above all the light management are top-quality. What an intriguing photo, and so very unique. Congratulations.
danos (80873) 2012-10-10 0:43
excellent the close up view of the silver round earrings with its engraving to looks so great.
I like the details of the image with the light management to brings out of them in the eye of the visitor.
Graal (94110) 2012-10-10 1:07
amazing pattern of fern on the ear-ring. Good shot and close up effect. An interesting comment. Photo is well done.
Have a nice day.
krzychu30 (14986) 2012-10-10 3:25
you had a brilliant idea to frame and close-up the scene like this.The result is superb.We get excellent view of this traditional jewellery with great attention for details.The earring looks beautiful.You selected perfect exposure to get so much light you exactly need to expose the scene correctly.Also colors are captured very good,they´re so strong and well-saturated.
Beautiful and unique composition.
Have a nice day
Cricri (96885) 2012-10-10 5:14
Belle idée ce cadrage serré, le fond sobre et l'éclat de lumière met bien en valeur les détails argentés, belle réalisation
nikkitta (11110) 2012-10-11 12:53
Perfect complement of your anterior capture a good close up of the beautiful earrings where we can admire the work and textures of them
The note add interest being informative
Greetings and TFS
Waylim (24482) 2012-10-16 18:36
Very nice close up and details shot of the ear ring. This thing must be heavy and pulling and lenthen the ear lope :)
I guess the bigger the better here :) Size does matter after all!
sevy (15009) 2013-01-04 1:08
I discovered this shot in the random selection of your presentation page of TE.
I like it a lot. It is not the kind of picture I am used to do but I should try. It is not a portrait, it is something else giving other kind of information (more described by the interesting note you added).
Good setting for the exposure giving a good contrast a a high level of graduation on the silver ring.
elenimavrandoni (11793) 2013-06-25 11:09
the little elegant detail that makes a face prettier...great craftsmanship work on silver and beautiful picture to enhance this work!
all the best always