Category Archives: Berber/AMazigh

A gem of a jewelry box in the heart of Fez

Nestled on the main path of Fez’ old medina lies La Boutique Fez, a treasure chest of jewelry pieces and tempting items. This new venture, run by an Argentinian traveler and a Welsh artist, celebrates womanhood and adornment. La Boutique … Continue reading

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North African jewelry – an overview

For millennia North Africa, including the nations of Algeria, Tunisia, Morocco, Libya and Egypt, has served as a crossroads for the Middle East, sub-Saharan Africa and Europe. Starting well before the Christian era, Phoenicians, Egyptians, Romans and Greeks mingled with … Continue reading

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Contemporary Moroccan jewellers- Call out

Tina Riley is in the process of curating an exhibition called Ice and Sand to take place in the Uk in October 2012. She’d like to hear from high quality Moroccan contemporary jewellers who perhaps give a modern twist to … Continue reading

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The Fibulae – a Roman safety pin!

A Fibula (Latin “to fasten”) is an ancient brooch found in the Berber/Amazigh culture of Morocco. Technically, the Latin term fibulae refers specifically to Roman brooches, however, the term is widely used to refer to brooches from the entire ancient and early medieval world that continue Roman forms. Unlike most … Continue reading

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Henna حِنَّاء

Henna is a flowering plant used since ancient times for dying hair, fingernails, drumheads, leather, wool and skin and to decorate the female body, bringing baraka (good destiny).  In several parts of the world it is traditionally used in various … Continue reading

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Taureg People, thier culture and their bling!

The Tuareg people are predominantly nomadic people of the sahara desert, mostly in the Northern reaches of Mali near Timbuktu and Kidal but are also indigenous to Morocco.  They are often referred to as “Blue Men of the desert” – … Continue reading

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Berber/Amazigh Bling- the overall.

Berber/Amazigh jewellery serves a much wider purpose than simple adornment. The jewellery a woman wears identifies her as a member of a clan or tribe, it is a sign of her wealth, it reflects cultural traditions and it has power … Continue reading

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