Vintage Moroccan necklace of glass beads and tiny metal beads and an old vintage metal dangle bead.
Materials: Glass beads, tiny metal beads and a central metal dangle bead
Total Necklace Length: 24 inches including ties
Beaded Length: 13.25 inches
Bead Color: I believe these beads were once a brighter red, but are now old and appear a deep red color.
Vintage necklace from Morocco, including glass beads and tiny metal beads. A nice old dangle bead in the center has the same glass beads as the rest of the necklace. Total length including ties is 24 inches. Can be tied shorter or longer as desired, up to about 19 inches or so. A nice smaller piece when weight and bulk won't do. This necklace appears to be very old and the patina on the beads may be the ubiquitous tribal dirt.
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.)