Culture & Art

Afghan Gand Silver Plate Jewelries Booming Again

Silver-plate is like silver which has been common in Afghanistan since old times. This jewelry looks like silver with a mix of silver and copper that has been used in Afghan clothes.
Farid a jeweler in Murad Khani Street, Kabul old city said since over 35 years, I have been involved in this business. In the beginning, I worked in gold jewelries and since 15 years I am involved in silver-plate jewelries which are used in Afghan Gand.
Our available jewelries represent culture of different provinces, like Khost, Ghazni, Hazarajat, Northern provinces. We purchase old and used jewelries, reprocess them and supply to customers.
Fareed added, our main problem is lack of modern melting equipment as melting costs expensive inside Afghanistan. A number of Jewelers take these materials to Pakistan and after melting, change them to raw materials.
This is a big problem to Afghan jewelers.
Fareed went on to say, while there are plenty of silver and gold plants, there is no silver-plate plant. We make them with hand by hammer, and other instruments which are made by old ironsmiths. A number of instruments are imported from China and Pakistan. We don’t use any machines, we made all jewelries, our people are talented and learned it.
Previously, the stones for jewelries were imported from India and Germany but today, all stones are made of plastic inside the country.
Talking on customers of silver-plates, Fareed said our most customers are inside Afghanistan. A number of Afghans who are living in other countries, also buy these jewelries and take to those countries.
He added, there are 20 jewelry shops in this street out of which 6 shops supply Afghan Gand jewelries and the rest supply ready jewelries.
We request the government to prevent imports of low quality jewelries which are mainly imported from China and Pakistan as they quickly lose their color and shining which our jewelries neither lose color nor shining and even last for over 40 years.

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