Vintage Moroccan necklace with clay beads, glass beads, and small metal beads.
Materials: Clay beads, glass beads, metal beads
Total Necklace Length: About 22 inches
Bead Color: Coral, black
Closure: Hook and ring
Vintage necklace from Morocco, including clay beads, glass beads and small metal beads. Hook and ring closure. Length is 22 inches. Reddish clay beads and glass beads are a coral color and immitate a natural coral color which has been used as a personal protectant for millennia. A nice smaller piece when weight and bulk won't do.
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.)