Moroccan beaded necklace with round vintage Berber pendant. Etched pendant strung on glass beaded necklace with hook and ring closure. These smaller, lighter weight necklaces are perfect for laying with other necklaces for performance or can be worn alone for everyday wear. This is a newly assembled necklace using seed beads and a vintage pendant.
Berber, or Imazighen (‘Free people’; plural of Amazigh) women are the carriers of the cultural & ethnic identity through their art forms – jewelry, carpet & fabric weaving, fashion, and embroidery. Necklaces, headdresses and bracelets using silver, coral, amber, beads and other elements, and even the colors and designs all have meaning. Tattooing was once widely practiced among women. In the recent past, when a girl reached puberty, sometime between the ages of eleven and fourteen, her mother, aunts, or family friends would tattoo her face and wrists. Tattooing was a rite of passage, marking a girl‘s transition into womanhood. Usually small groups of girls were tattooed at the same time, making it a very social activity, shared and passed on among women. Tatooing is no longer practiced today.
Total Necklace Length: 16.25 inches
Pendant Size: 1.75 inches long including bale, 1.5 inches wide
Pendant Metal Color/Finish: Slightly brassy, unpolished
Materials: mixed metals, glass beads
Bead Color: Black glass beads
Closure: Hook and ring
Vintage Pendant, newly assembled.
Some portions of the niello have been lost on this pendant.
Please see photos for more information.
Please check photos carefully for condition. You will receive the exact piece shown in the photos on this page. This is a USED piece (pendant) that has been previously worn in country. As a previously used tribal item it may have small flaws such as loose or missing jewels, missing bells, obvious repairs, may be tarnished or worn, or have other small flaws.
A NOTE ON THE CONDITION OF TRIBAL ITEMS: Our jewelry is used tribal jewelry, from faraway lands. As used pieces the condition of our items will reflect their prior lives as treasured tribal pieces. Please know that we strive to maintain the tribal allure of our items and therefore we do not clean or repair these pieces in any way. We leave that choice to the buyer, as each may prefer something different. This not only maintains the old, tribal look of each piece that our belly dance customers seek, but also preserves the value of a piece that cleaning might destroy.
We do our best to describe any flaws that may be present in our items, and we encourage you to read the full description and look at all photos closely to judge the condition of the item for yourself and know exactly what you are ordering. If you have questions about the condition of any item, please ask!