The protective, medicinal and magical properties of jewellery are extremely important in Amazigh/Berber culture. The necklaces containing charms bought from magicians or holy men, can offer protection against the evil eye, disease, accidents and difficulties in childbirth.
Silver is believed to cure rheumatism; coral symbolizes fertility and is thought to have curative powers; amber is worn as a symbol of wealth and to protect against sorcery (it’s also considered an aphrodisiac and a cure for colds) ; amazonite and carnelian stones are used in divining fortunes; shells traded from East Africa symbolize fertility. Talismans feature stylized motifs of animals, sun, moon and stars, all of which are believed to have supernatural powers.
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