The Remarkable Patterns of The North African Jewellery.
North African jewels are usually worn on special occasions like weddings or circumcisions, used as a complimentary accessory to traditional outfits, their meaning represents in most of the time, a symbol that portrays the wearer’s region. They are today, reinterpreted into modern designs that would give a touch of freshness and originality to your overall look.
Beyond their different forms, the North African Berber influenced jewels carry a real meaning: a newborn celebration, a sign of freedom and independence and many more. An emblematic language translated into a beautiful piece of jewellery.
The Maghreb region is a source of history influenced by different colonies that have been reinterpreted through art. Social Unseen has made a quick research about how to wear those pieces in a contemporary way.
Kholkhal is a feminine anklet that adorns the foot and gives it a very delicate touch, you can also find other versions of this jewel under different names, in several areas of the world, such as in Desi countries.
Traditionally, the Kholkhal used to be a gift from a man to his future wife as part of the dowry, it comes in different shapes and each region has its own form, it is for example made of gold in the north of Algeria whereas in the south, it is of a silver material to lower the weight.
In other regions, the Aures for instance, it is called the “Rdif” or “Irdifen” and is made of solid silver and has a distinct shape of two snakes’ heads on the tips of the anklet, It is considered as a totem in that specific area of Algeria.
The ancestral Berber accessory have influenced other global social groups including the Hippies in the 70’s, and then became trendier in the late 90’s.
North Africa’s resources in art and jewellery include other local names, the Berber fibula’s function named Tiserghnest or Tazerzit meaning Brooch or staple also goes beyond its aesthetics, as it is representative of the Berber’s culture and heritage.
As part of the region’s first inhabitants traditions, the fibulas are usually worn by Berber women as a sign of pride and chastity, other forms of the jewel can be put on their chest or hair; The reinterpretation of these traditional pieces would greatly fit a minimal outfit, where the lines between modernism and traditions would be perfectly blurred!
Perhaps one of the most well-known piece of jewellery from the Berber’s culture, the Diadem exists through different shapes and forms, considered as the oldest jewel from the tribal population of Amazigh, it is with no doubt, an emblematic berber jewellery.
The beautiful piece’s history finds its roots precisely in the South of Morocco, made of silver, the beautiful metallic engraved structures are the Diadem’s signature, portraying the influence of previous colonies including Andalusia.