History
History

Early records show, that already back in the year 1426 - more than 500 years ago, the first silver production was registered in the Baw Saing area in the Shan region. Early masters of the trade developed their own designs, occasionally inspired by travelling Chinese silversmiths. Shan silver jewellery gradually became known well beyond its borders . Ornaments and boxes were now marked with their own quality stamp - the peacock hallmark. The ‘Peacock silver’ became accepted for its beauty and high purity both in the Shan region and the whole of South East Asia.

As in other cultures select pieces and designs were passed down through the generations, from mother to daughter and from the master to his apprentice. The silver became decorations as well as means of keeping savings and the value easily went beyond the metal weight.

The micho is based on these old traditions but also owes its legacy  to the crafty oozies – elephant drivers who worked in the remote areas of what today is known as the Shan and Kachin states. For protection against all evils, the oozies would like to wear a jade disc in a pleated string of hairs from the elepants tail, and it is the spirit of this tradition which has been recreated with the special :              micho...jade collection