New filigree Tuareg Cross pendant.
Length: 3 inches
Width: 1-1/8 inches
Materials: Cast Mixed Metals
Metal Color: Silvery
Attachment: Ring at the top
New filigree Tuareg cross pendant with ring at the top for attaching. 3 inches long and about 1-1/8 inches wide. Pretty little pendant for adding to DIY jewelry projects or costuming.
Tuareg crosses take different forms depending on the place of origination but all have four arms extended like a cross with the upper arm ending in a ring or divided ring, through which a string or other means of attachment can be added. Some more modern pieces have a smaller ring at the very top for stringing on a chain. They represent a balance between male and female, incorporating symbols of the four corners of the earth and are a talisman against the evil eye. Tuareg crosses have no connection with the Christian religion, instead being derived from the Egyptian ankh symbol and constellation of the southern cross.
Tuareg jewelry is much sought after for it's clean lines and geometric style. These beautiful rings come in an infinite variety and can range from very large/tall to quite small. These rings are worn in Mali, Maurtania and Niger in the hair, on headpieces or wraps or as on necklaces. The Tuareg are a nomadic people, most of whom live in the Saharan and Sahelian regions—southern Algeria, western Libya, eastern Mali, northern Niger, and northeastern Burkina Faso. They are believed to be descendants of the North African Berbers and to have originated in the Fezzan region of Libya but later to have expanded into areas bordering the Sahara, assimilating into their traditionally stratified society the sedentary farming peoples from regions south of the Sahara. In Tuareg culture, there is great appreciation of the arts, and they are craftsmen of fine silver jewelry, woodwork (delicately decorated spoons and ladles and carved camel saddles), and dyed and embroidered leatherwork.