Moroccan beaded necklace with Berber style pendant.
Total Necklace Length: About 18 inches
Closure: Hook and ring
Pendant Size: 2.5 inches long, 2 inches wide
Materials: Glass and mixed metal beads, mixed metal pendant
Bead Color: Black
Metal Color: Slightly brassy, tarnished
Metal Finish: Unpolished
Moroccan beaded necklace with mixed metal tube beads and Berber style pendant. Mixed metal pendant has etched design. Total length is about 18 inches. Hook and ring to close.
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.)