This necklace features an authentic Moroccan Berber Pendant in 800 grade Silver (There is a hallmark stamp embossed on the backside of the pendant). The Silver and enamel work has been done by Berber artisans in Morocco and the pendant is representative of the Berber PRIDE symbol also called "Amazigh (Free Man)". The Berber flag colors blue, green and yellow are representative of the Mediterranean Sea and Atlantic Ocean, the green mountains and sands of the Sahara desert respectively.
To match with the pendant, I found African Krobo Beads from Ghana in the perfectly harmonious color scheme of green, yellow and blue. The disc beads in Buttercup yellow are recycled glass beads handmade in Africa and Lapis Lazuli and Green Howlite Heishi beads complete the set. I also made small silver Lotus and Lapis Lazuli earrings with Sterling Silver hooks to go with the necklace.
The necklace measures 18 inches from end to end with the pendant adding an additional 2.25 inch depth.
Berbers or Amazighen ("proud raiders") are an ethnic group indigenous to North Africa. Berber history goes back to pre-historic times with numerous tales of courage and valor against colonization attempts by Romans, Arabs, French and the British. They are known for their intricately rich silver jewelry and beautiful enameling techniques.
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The jewelry box is a Shamrock brand durable box lined with tarnish resistant foam padding that you can continue to store your pieces in for years.
The red felt snowflake can be used as a coaster or as a tree ornament when strung in the cotton baker's twine.
The fabric gifts will be packed in FabStitches theme packaging and black organza bags tied with the same snowflake and tags.
This necklace features twenty seven old (made in 1900s) but in good condition African Kiffa beads used in combination with four red African Wedding Beads from Mali and Lapis Lazuli gemstone beads to bring out the blue. Each pair of beads in this necklace is separated with a gold plated copper bead/disc. Antique gold finish bead cones and a shiny gold finish hook clasp complete this resplendent red, blue and yellow piece.
The rich, vibrant colors of authentic handmade African Kiffa beads coordinate very well with the warmth of gold, red and deep blue and make this unique necklace a heirloom worthy piece for your wardrobe. It has a length of approx. 19 inches.
Kiffa beads are rare African powder glass beads, named after the Mauritanian city of Kiffa, and were first documented in 1949 by French ethnologist R. Mauny. They represent one of the highest levels of ingenuity and artistic skill in the art of making beads as they are created in open fires using simple tools and recycled from materials like pulverized European glass beads or their fragments, bottle glass, pottery shards, tin cans, twigs, steel needles in combination with gum arabic.
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