A lovely old pair of Berber earrings with large red glass jewels, and tiny hamsa drop pendants. Keep that pesky evil eye away!
Wire Type: rigid wire with closing hook
Length: 4 inches including earwires and hamsa dangles
Width: About 1 inch
Earwire Gauge: About a 12 gauge
Materials: Mixed Metals, Glass Jewels
Vintage Berber earrings with red and green glass jewels. Stamped or punched texture design. Small hamsas at the bottom. Wires are soldered to earrings at the top and are rigid. I would say wires are about a 12 gauge so are best worn in slightly stretched piercings. These are not especially heavy although the glass jewels do add a bit of weight. If you are used to large or heavy earrings or will be wearing these through tunnels, I don't think they would be any problem. About 4 inches long including top wires. About 1 inch wide.
As with all our tribal earrings, this pair is old and have been used many times. Please clean ear wires before wearing in your piercings.
Berber, or Amazigh, jewelry often boasts gass jewels, enamel and semi-precious stones and almost all jewelry pieces are large and meant to be noticed and appreciated! The hamsa is often incorporated into their jewelry as well. The hamsa symbol, or hand of Fatima, is named after the daughter of the prophet Mohammed and is one of the most ancient amuletic symbols still used in modern culture. Adopted by both Islam and Judaism, there is a shared understanding of the symbol's meaning - the ability to ward off the evil eye and attract divine protection. The hamsa shape is a five-fingered hand with a thumb on each side, thus the name 'hamsa' or 'chamsa' which means five in Arabic.