Traditional Berber headpiece ornaments worn as a set. These look beautiful in a hair garden when combined with flowers, beads, shells and other decorative items. This look is traditional tribal, but also very modern.
Cone Height: About 1.75 inches
Cone Width: About 1 inch across
Number of Cones: 5
Center Circle Pendant Width: 2.25 inches
Center Circle Pendant Length: 3.5 inches including dangles
Materials: Mixed metals, very lightweight, possibly aluminum
Attachment: Each cone is hollow with two holes for sewing through and attaching to a fabric headpiece. The circle pendant also has holes for sewing through.
These Berber items look simply gorgeous with tribal dance costuming. Traditionally, they are sewn to a fabric headpiece in a row, with the circle pendant around the center cone with the addition of other natural items such as flowers, leaves, shells, and resin beads. Embellished with a bit of niello and some small dangling pendants this is a complete traditional set. This cone set is perhaps about 30 years old and is in good condition. the circle pendant looks like it is a bit more recent. It is also in good condition and has the addition of three large plastic jewels. I don't see any obvious flaws, dings or dents in this set.
The five cones are about 1.75 inches tall and 1 inch across the base. The circle pendant is about 2.25 inches across and about 3.5 inches long, including the dangles. To attach to a wide fabric band type of headpeice, which is usually how they are worn, simply pass a large needle through the two holes in the cones and sew to your fabric base. The circle pendant also has holes to sew through to attach. Please see the last photo on this page for a view of a Berber girl wearing this type of headpeice.
For the Berbers, or Amazigh as they call themselves, jewelry is not merely a means of decoration—it is a way of saving. Jewelry given to a woman is hers absolutely, and it is normal for her to sell an ornament or two to buy something else or to tide her family over a lean period; she may even sacrifice a number of pieces in order to acquire animals or land. In this way, the women often act as the families' bankers and their jewelry thus has a different significance than in the West.