Moroccan beaded necklace with a vintage southern cross boghdad pendant.
Total Necklace Length: 22 inches
Pendant Size: 2 inches long and 1-5/8 inches wide
Closure: Hook and ring
Materials: Glass and copal beads, mixed metal pendant and beads
Bead Color: Coral, amber and metal beads with red and blue enamel. Pendant has green, blue and yellow enamel.
Metal Color: Silvery, dark
Metal Finish: Unpolished
Vintage beaded necklace with mixed glass, resin/copal and mixed metal beads. Pendant is a vintage enameled southern cross boghdad. A nice combination of colors, sizes and materials. Total length is 22 inches. Hook and ring to close. This piece has a bit of tribal dust on it.
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. (Today tattooing is a violation of Islamic law so is no longer practiced.)