Berber Khemmiset five hamsa Moroccan tribal necklace.
Length: 21 inches
Pendant Materials: Mixed metals, glass jewels
Center Pendant Size: Approx. 3.5 inches across and 4.5 inches long
Enamel Colors: Green, red, yellow traditional
Jewel Color: Red, green tradiitonal
Closure: hook and ring
Finish: Unpolished, but bright
This lovely Khemmiset necklace will be sure to keep that pesky evil eye away! Five hamsa, or hand of Fatima, pendants and two large enameled links grace this protective necklace. Glass jewels, enamel and engraved design. 21 inches total length. Center pendant is about 3.5 inches by 4.5 inches. Metal is farily lightweight, similar to aluminum. Overall in good condition. Some metal discoloration in places from age and use. From Tiznit in the Anti-Atlas Mountains region of Morocco. Closes with a hook and ring.
Berber jewelry is large, showy, colorful and FUN! It often includes lots of detail like enamel in bright colors, large jewels and coins. It represents much more than simply adornment. Each piece can signify fertility, wealth, social status and marital status. The Berbers or Imazighen (‘Free people’; plural of Amazigh) are the original inhabitants of North Africa. They speak a number of related languages and share a common cultural heritage. Most Berbers nowdays live in Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Mali, Mauritania and Niger.