Early 20th century Berber Coral and Tribal Silver Earrings - Morocco
Title:Early 20th century Berber hook style Earring
Material: Coral beads and tribal silver
Description: The Berber are a non-Arabic people who have been
living in North Africa since 3000 BC. They speak their own
language, Berber, of which some 300 dialects are known.
Although the region, known as the Maghreb, covers more than
1,250 square miles, the jewelry from this region has a unity of
style. Silver is a dominant material featured in Berber jewelry
as there are a number of silver mines in the area. Silversmiths
utilized a number of techniques such as doming, piercing,
repousse work, chasing, stamping, filigree, embossing, engraving
and enameling. Amber, coral, shell and other natural materials
are used in addition to silver. Berber jewelry has multiple important
functions as an adornment; it can enhance the beauty of the wearer,
act as part of a bride price for marriage, or due to the magic power
ascribed to it, the jewelry can provide protection and blessings to
the wearer known as 'baraka.'
The Mediterranean coral is probably well over 100 years old.
Dimensions: 4 1/2" height x 3/4" width