Mounted Miao Minority Tribe Spiral Cone Counterweight or ribbon tie from the Miao people of southern China. The Miao Minority Tribe creates wonderful pieces made of silver based alloys for ceremonial purposes. The wearing of silver jewelery among Miao women was very important. It was a sign of femininity and wealth. Families would begin saving to buy silver jewelery from the time a daughter was born, so that she would enter a marriage with a significant collection of silver jewelery which would be her own source of wealth. Thereafter, copious amounts of silver jewelery would be worn at weddings, funerals and springtime celebrations.