- Traditional Tuareg tribal necklace
- Sterling Silver and blue turquoise stone
- Onyx Stone
- Hook and eye clasp
- Handmade in the Sahara Desert
- Up to 70% of sale reinvested into the Tuareg artisan community
This traditional Tuareg pendant necklace features a large oval turquoise blue stone surrounded by delicately engraved sterling silver. The round beads are onyx, with four silver spacers stamped with a circular design.
Pendant measures 2.25in long
Total length 10.675in
The Tuareg are traditionally independent nomadic herders, crossing the southern Sahara desert by camel. Influential in the spread of Islam, they produce no masks or figures--prohibited in Islamic society--but instead create an impressive world of traditional, abstract, beautiful, functional objects of leather, wood and metal.
Tuareg jewelry is often characterized by the use large stones and distinctive etched patterns in elaborate silver work. Tuareg designs carry rich symbolism and meaning, often including elements of the night sky which guide them on their night time journeys through the desert. Each carefully etched line in Tuareg jewelry represents an important creature in tribal life, both human and animal.
All sales on Silver Sahara benefit the native artisans and help to ensure continuation of traditional craft techniques.
This item is completely handmade, please allow for minor imperfections.