Large vintage Moroccan bermil teardrop pendant with etching and green glass jewel, coin dangles.
Length: 4.5 inches including bale and dangles
Width: 1.75 inches
Embellishments: Etched design, green glass jewel
Materials: Mixed metals
Metal Color: A bit brassy, dark. Some white powder in places. (probably a cleaning agent?)
Attachment: Bale at the top
There is a small cord attached at the top bale. This is not long enough to be a necklace.
These large bermil, or teardrop shaped pendants are traditionally worn on necklaces or the chains suspended between fibula pins. This one is made from mixed metals and is tarnished and dark with a bit of patina. Shape is rounded, with etched design and a green glass jewel. This pendant is hollow but from the weight of it feels like it could be filled with something. (Perhaps wax?) Five small coin dangles.
Berber jewelry is large, showy, colorful and FUN! It often includes lots of detail like enamel in bright colors, large jewels and coins. It represents much more than simply adornment. Each piece can signify fertility, wealth, social status and marital status. The Berbers or Imazighen (‘Free people’; plural of Amazigh) are the original inhabitants of North Africa. They are an ethnic group of several nations indigenous mostly to North Africa and in some northern parts of Western Africa - Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Mauritania, northern Mali, northern Niger, and a small part of western Egypt. They speak a number of related languages and share a common cultural heritage. Most Berbers nowdays live in Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Mali, Mauritania and Niger.