Tuareg pendant: a collectible
This sculptural piece of Tuareg craftsmanship hails from the sand dunes of the Sahara. These traditional Tuareg tribal crosses are cast in silver using the lost wax technique and then engraved with a traditional pattern. Apparently, each Tuareg tribe has it's own cross/talisman, worn by men and women alike, and is believed to endow the wearer with magical powers and protection.
That the pendant looks so modern, makes the fact that this traditional form goes back thousands of years even more special. Soft patina and a great heft - it feels just as great to touch as it does to wear. Comes strung on a new 17.5" suede cord that has non-silver fittings.
Composition: Sterling silver.
Measurements: The pendant measures 6.4 cm (l) x 2.6 cm (w).
Age: Pendant: 1970s- 1980s
Country of origin: Niger, Africa.
Please note: (1) All the jewelry in this collection is vintage, and thus neither new nor in mint condition. Wear, dents, scratches, oxidation, etc. are in keeping with the age of the jewelry.
(2) All the jewelry has been gently cleaned to remove surface dirt and oils but not the patina- which in our view adds immensely to the appeal of vintage pieces. While in great condition (none of the jewelry is broken/chipped/in need of repair), all were previously owned by someone else, and while not perfect each is full of old history and charm. Please use accompanying photographs to make your decision and be sure to ask any questions you may have before purchase.
(3) It is also worth reminding that since the jewelry is shot in close-up mode, the pieces may look bigger than the actual size. Conversely, some large pieces may look smaller in pictures. Always refer to the mentioned dimensions.