Tribal Berber necklace

Vintage Berber necklace of Coral, Amber and old Moroccan franc coins

A vintage Berber necklace handmade by Berber women in the Atlas mountains of Southern Morocco, has been beautifully handcrafted with Coral, Amber, Onyx and old coins. Centred around a large Amber resin bead, there are fourteen strands of red Coral and six old Moroccan 10 franc coins, which are dated 1366 on the Arabic calender. The coins display some wear, which is consistent with the age of this lovely piece. From 1912 to 1956, Morocco was under French (and Spanish) protection, although the only coins issued for Morocco were those for the French Protectorate. These coins were shown in French as "Empire Cherifien" or "Empire Maroc Cherifien". The 10 franc coin was cast in Morocco in about 1945 in a mix of aluminium and bronze. Red coral is formed in up to a depth of 250m off the coast of Morocco, in sea water which needs to be calm, unpolluted and warm, with a high level of salinity. Red coral has long been prized for it's beauty and rarity and treasured as priceless family heirlooms. Amber resin is a fossilized tree resin, which has been renowned for it's colour and beauty since Neolithic times. The Berber tribes are known for producing Moroccan amber beads. They were used as trade beads, as currency on the trans-Saharan trading routes. This Berber necklace is a beautiful piece of tribal jewellery and evokes the mystery of the Middle East. Weight: 256grams Length: 70cm


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