NORTH AFRICA and YEMEN
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This page has some serious editing issues now so any new North African items will be listed on the "AFRICA" page.

Nice Moroccan pieces, especially the enamelled ones are quickly getting scarce as the European market is absorbing them, and the Europeans as well, are willing to pay much higher prices....  so if you see something that you like, don't wait too long... 
I am combining this page as well - with jewellery from YEMEN.  I do realize it is not on the same continent but there is a lot of trade between Yemen and Africa, and silver items are often exchanged.  In the Yemeni necklaces (recently put together) North African pendants and beads are often included as are some pieces from Afghanistan as well.

If you are interested in great reference books and don't mind challenging yourself with the French language, I highly recommend:
Splendeurs de Maroc
Bijoux de Maroc, vol. 1&2
Bijoux Berberes de Maroc
Bijoux Berberes d'Algerie

A wonderful new book (2009) which crosses a number of continents and waterways showing the constant influences is:
Jewellery from the Orient:  Treasures from the Bir Collection
And a more specific book which has been around for a while:

Morocco:  Jews and Art in a Muslim Land
The Art of Bedouin Jewellery:  a Saudi Arabian Profile

PLEASE CLICK ON THE SMALL PICTURES TO SEE THE ITEMS IN FULL...   if you see the preview image at a little under 1 1/2 inches tall, you will be seeing the pieces close to life-size...

infinity pendants  
NAF448.     These "infinity" pendants from Morocco are 3 1/2 inches tall.  The pieces are 2 5/8 inches wide.  They make very striking pendants on necklaces. while speaking about the paths of life.  $65.US/each   (#2 & #3 are available)
Yemen silver beads
   NAF449.    Here is a varied ground of very nice antique silver beads from Yemen.  The decorative elements, some done with hammering and others with soldered additions are always interesting and very specific to the region.   #1 is 1 1/2 inches long - $86.US.   #2 is 1 3/4 inches long - $68.US.   #3 is 1 1/8 inches long - $26.US.   #4 is 1 1/4 inches long - $46.US.   #5 is 1 1/4 inches long - $70.US.   #6 is 1 3/8 inches long - $68.US.   (#2 is available)
pair of fibula   NAF450.    This is a very nice antique pair of fibulae measuring 3 1/2 inches long.  These are not high end silver but have a bit of brass in them too.  They will still polish up nicely.   $95.US/pair  
Morocco ring  
NAF451.   This ring has the popular images on it just like on a deck of cards - 2 clubs and a heart in the middle.  The ring is a size 8.5.   $45.US.  
Moroccan pendant   NAF452.    Lovely antique Berber prayer box made of good silver and enamelled in a bright grass green with an ochre contrast.   2 1/4 inches wide.   $275.US.


Moroccan pendant   NAF453.   This antique Berber prayer box is a great pendant of good silver with muted enamel.  It is 2 5/16 inches wide.  An impressive pendant.   $275.US.
Moroccan pendant   NAF454.   A very attractive antique Berber prayer box of good silver with enamel.  It is 2 3/16 inches wide and 1 5/8 inches tall and very memorable.  $245.US.
Moroccan pendant   NAF455.   Here is another antique Berber prayer box with cones reaching out.  The enamelling is muted and attractive.  It is 2 3/8 inches wide.  $275.US.
Moroccan pendant   NAF456.   These antique Berber prayer boxes convey their ages from their years of wear.  This is good silver with muted enamel.  It is 2 1/8 inches wide.  $240.US.

Mauritania bracelet   NAF459.   Here is a Mauritanian bracelet that was originally meant for the ankle to chase negative enery away.  It is 2 7/16 by 1 5/8 inches on the inside.  $285.US.
Morocco fibulae   NAF461.  These fat fibulae are beautifully made.  They each have a coin missing at the bottom but it can be re-arranged or replaced.  6 3/4 inches tall.  143gr.  $575.US/for the pair
Yemen necklace   NAF408.    The complex part of this Yemeni necklace is 9 inches across on the inside.  There is 10 inches of chain as well so that you can sit the necklace in the best place for yourself.  The longest dangles are 7 inches long.  The red decorations are glass with the outside ones imitating coral.   $300.US/sale price $275.US.
Yemen necklace   NAF412.   This Yemeni necklace has some Afghani components as well including the central amulet.  The pendant is 3 inches across and 4 inches tall including hanging loops and dangles.  It is about 1/3 inch thick.  The piece is strung rather clumsily with new beads including some amber imitations.  The beads have wires running through them which don't always sit well, so the first think that I would do is restring the piece.  It has great components to it...  The necklace is about 29 inches long, and can be shortened to suit by changing the position of the "S" hook.   $335.US/sale price $300.US.
Yemen necklace   NAF419.   This Yemeni necklace is highly influenced by the Afghanis.  The central pendant makes me immediately think of that area with Turkoman and other pieces.  The pendant is 4 1/2 inches tall and when you add the chains and bells it is 10 1/2 inches long.  The decorations on it are glass with the smaller ones imitating coral.  The chain is 20 inches long and can be adjusted.  The necklace is very eye catching when worn.   $425.US/sale price $365.US.
Yemen necklace   NAF420.   This is a very heavy Yemeni necklace though it has quite a delicate central pendant.  The different pieces are different grades of silver, ranging from sterling quality to coin silver but they all look good together.  The central pendant with pink glass stones (some missing) looks as if it has been gilded.  The inside of the necklace is 15 1/2 inches around.  It does not have a proper clasp so is currently being opened by a loop in one piece of the chain.   This is quite magnificent.  The central rectangular pendant with next one attached is  5 3/4 inches tall.   $340.US/sale price $290.US. 
Yemen necklace   NAF422.   This Yemeni necklace is made up of different grades of silver, all with a good colour to them.  No two pieces match exactly as they were put together from a group of pieces.  The red glass beads (a little more red than in the photo) represent coral.  The decorative found pieces have facet red glass centers.  The front pendant including rectangle and amulet pendant is 3 1/2 inches tall.  The necklace is 20 inches around.  A clasp needs to be added to be able to open and shut it.  $315.US/sale price $275.US.
Yemen necklace   NAF423.    This is a gorgeous Yemeni necklace with beads of old silver and of newish rich red glass.  The decorative inside of the necklace is 10 inches long and the entire necklace is 18 inches long and can be adjusted to length.  This is a good solid piece ready to wear.  $375.US/sale price $320.US.
Yemen necklace   NAF424.   This Yemeni necklace needs restringing as it is in its original form.  It is a combination of old silver with coral coloured glass beads.  The central pendant including rectangle and disc below with dangles is 5 1/2 inches long.  The inside of the necklace is 14 inches across plus cord...   $360.US/sale price $310.US.      
Yemen bracelet   NAF430.   I wish that this dramatic bracelet was made of sterling grade silver but it is more of a mixed metal instead.  It is a great looking individual piece and heavy too weighing in at 214 grams.  The inside measures 2 inches by 1 3/4 inches with a 1 1/8 inch wide opening.   $175.US.
Yemen ring   NAF434.  These two rings are made of low grade siver and glass facet stones.  The glass is richer and darker red than it appears in the photo.  Ring #1 is size 5.5.   Ring #2 is size 7.  $35.US/each.      
pendant   NAF443.   Silver pendant with aniello #1 is 2 1/4 inches tall - $55.US.    Pendant #2 - $55.US.    Pendant #3 is 3 1/2 inches tall - $75.US.    Pendant #4 - $75.US.  (#3 & #4 are available, the others are sold) 
Moroccan cross   NAF444.   These Moroccan crosses are not antique but vintage.  They look excellent though and are made in the traditional way.  To guage their size #1 is a little over 1 1/2 inches tall.  The crosses are  $60.US/each.   (#3, #6 & #7 are available - the rest are sold)
   NAF270.   Here is a nice variety of fibulae - #1 is 3 inches tall - $80.US.    #2 is 3 1/2 inches tall - $65.US.    #3 is 3 1/2 inches tall - $155.US.    #4 is 2 3/4 inches tall - $66.US.    (#3 is available, the rest are sold)   
Moroccan pendant  
NAF402.    Here is a variety of Moroccan pendants, some used for head-pieces and some on clothing or jewellery.  Pendant #1 would need to be hung from the 3 loops on one side (it is sitting upside down in the photo).  One loop still has a silver ring sitting in it.  There is a square of red glass in the middle, and enamelling.   The pendant is 2 inches across.   $70.US.    Pendant #2  could be hung by its 3 loops or through the holes at each side.  It is slightly over 2 inches across.   $25.US.    The traffic light pendant #3 is 2 3/4 inches tall with glass of blue, red and green.  It is hung from a loop at the top.   $65.US.    Pendant #4 has holes on each side for stringing.  From top to bottom including the pendant it measures 2 7/8 inches long.   $40.US.    Pendant #5  has a center square of glass which is so dark blue that you can hardly recognize the colour.  It has a hanging loop at the top of the 2 inch pendant.  Some of the enamelling is missing but it has a wonderful grace to it.   $75.US.   (#1 is available, the rest are sold)
Moroccan pendants   NAF404.   There are three very different "infinity" pendants from Morocco here.  These carry a symbolic statement about mankind.  Pendant #1 is 2 1/2 inches tall - $35.US.   Pendant #2 is 2 1/2 inches tall - $40.US.   Pendant #3 is the oldest of the three and 2 7/8 inches tall - $75.US.   (#3 is available, the others are sold)

enamelled Moroccan silver beadnaf    NAF276.   There are three antique, well worn, beautiful silver enamelled silver beads from Morocco.  They are often worn as the central bead of a necklace or hanging on chains between two fibula.  Bead #1 is quite heavy and sturdy (35.6 grams).  It had a thick design soldered onto it and now is worn to a smoother finish which I like very much.  The bead is 1 3/4 inches long.  $145.US.   Bead #2  is small and sweet - it is the most worn but remarkably it still has a good finish on the enamelling. The bead is just under 1 1/2 inches long and weighs  12.7 grams.   $45.US.   (#2 is sold)  Bead #3 is the largest of the three.  It is 2 1/8 inches long, has a central hole for stringing as well as three loops for hanging dangles, etc. from.  It is  very well worn with more than half of the enamelling missing.  It has a rich look with the colours of silver and other bits of colours showing in places... it weighs 30.3 grams.  $165.US.  I see many newer versions of these that don't look particularly interesting - while the old ones seem to hold history inside themselves.   (#3 is available)
Morrocan fibulae with chains   NAF296.   This piece measures 20 1/2 inches long.  It is a combination of 2 fibulae (they have coral placed in the silver openings and the remains of enamel in green and orange in the dips of the design) with chains attaching them to beads.  It is rather small and delicate and would work very nicely in a very decorative way on a sweater.  It is silver, and it is antique though I imagine the pieces have been attached in a new combination than in the past as the spring rings seem to be newer than the main pieces.   $110.US.   
Berber silver beads   NAF303.   Here are two of the typical Berber beads used in necklaces or as a center bead in a chain connected to two fibulae.  The beads are around a hundred years old and most of their enamelling has been worn off over the years.  Bead #1 has coins hanging from it - 50cent Spanish coins from the last quarter of the 1800s.  The bead is 1 3/8 inches across.  The coins are a little under 3/4 inch across.   $280.US.   Bead #2 is smaller and smoothly worn in places.  It measures 1 1/8 inches across with a diameter of 1 inch.   $115.US.   (#1 is available)
 
Moroccan pendant   NAF314.   Pendants like this are often worn attached to earrings, or stitched onto a head-band.  This is old and interesting and came from an old collection.  The knob one one side of the central part is missing, leaving an opening that one can string through.  The other knob has a loop at the back so you could use those two elements to suspend this piece.  The center dangle below has one side clipped.  It is still a good and attractive piece with the original enamelling and a square red stone set into the middle.  This measures 3 3/8 inches from top to bottom.  $95.US.
Moroccan pendants   NAF318.   #1 is a Dra'aa Valley fibula from the Atlas Mountains of Morocco.  3 7/8 inches tall - $62.US.   Numbers 2 through 4 of the fibulae are from the Dades Valley of the Atlas Mountains of Morocco.  #2 is 4 5/8 inches tall - $68.US.   #3 is 5 inches tall - $105.US.   #4 is 5 inches tall - $110.US.   #5 is from the Western Atlas Mountains - just under 3 1/4 inches tall - $55.US.   (#2 is available, the rest are sold)
Mauritanian anklet/bracelet   NAF322.    This is the heaviest Mauritanian ankle bracelet (khalkhal) that I have had - it weighs in at 105 grams of good silver.  Because of its size it makes a great wrist bracelet though - it measures 2 3/8 by 1 3/4 inches on the inside and the opening is 1 inch wide.  The anklets were worn to dispel evil spirits, to walk safely as well as to look attractive.  These were originally worn by the noble women but there are versions now for everyone.  This is an authentic antique piece (modern ones are being made and sold as antique at times) and has been banged around a few times which gives it the look of age.  The intricate decorative rectangle is 1 3/8 by 1 3/16 inches and the solid silver balls at the back are 3/4 inch in diameter.  See page 35 of "A World of Bracelets".      $550.US.      

Moroccan egg beads   NAF329.  The large antique enamelled "egg" pendant is 1 3/4 inches across with a hanging loop at the top. It has large holes from end to end as well.  - $95.US.    The small "egg" pendant is 1 3/8 inches across, antique and although it has been bumped around with one end a little flattened - it still has a good shape and an attractive amount of green enamel remaining.  The holes go from end to end.  - $65.US.   (#1 is available)
Moroccan pendant   NAF346.   Pendant #1 is 1 3/4 inches tall - $80.US.   Pendant #2 is 2 1/8 inches tall - $78.US.   Pendant #3 is 1 5/8 inches tall - $64.US.
Moroccan pendants   NAF347.   Pendant #1 is 2 1/4 inches tall - $103.US.   Pendant #2 is 2 1/8 inches tall - $94.US.   Pendant #3 is 2 3/8 inches tall - $78.US.   Pendant #4 is 2 1/8 inches tall - $56.US.   (#1 is available, the rest are sold)
Tuareg cross   NAF358.   This is a very attractive antique Tuareg cross, 3 1/8 inches tall.  It has been worn, and the pattern is lightly softened from wear.   $115.US.
Moroccan pendants   NAF373.  These antique silver pendants are from Morocco and ready to be centerpieces on a necklace.  #4 is 2 1/8 inches tall - you can compare the others to that one to determine their size.   #1, #4, #5 & #6 are are $45.US each.   #2 & #3 are $40.US each.   (#1 & #2 are sold)
Moroccan pendants   NAF374.  Moroccan pendants.  #1 - $22.US.   #2 - $28.US.   #3 - $28.US.   #4 - $30.US.   #5 - $30.US.   #6 - $30.US.   #7 - $40.US.  (#6 is 1 5/8 inches tall - #4 & #6 are available, all the others are sold)
Tuareg cross   NAF377.  Here is a more complex Tuareg cross measuring slightly over 2 1/2 inches tall.  The silver piece in the center actually stands up about 1/5 inch tall.  The two hanging looks at the sides of the bottom part are quite worn from the years gone by, but are still useable - carefully.   $105.US.
Moroccan coin pendants   NAF378.   These two coin pendants are $45.US each.  #1 is soldered so that the pendant is permanently fastened to the coin (1 5/8 inches tall) but the coin on #2 can be turned to straighten or push it to an angle as it is in the photo.  
Moroccan coin pendant   NAF379.  These silver coin pendants (actual coins) have come out of Morocco.  The coins measure 1 1/4 inches in diameter.  The entire piece of #1 is 2 1/4 inches tall.  #1 & #2 are $75.US each.  #3 & #4 are $70.US each. 
Moroccan fibula   NAF382.   This fibula has a mix of silver and bronze in it to give it a rather warm colour.  It is 5 inches tall.   $115.US. 
Moroccan cross pendants   NAF389.   Moroccan silver crosses - these are quite heavy & ornate.  #1 is 1 3/4 inches tall - $75.US.   #2 is  1 5/8 inches tall - $70.US.   (#1 is sold, #2 is available)
Moroccan cross pendants   NAF390.   Small Moroccan silver crosses - #1 is under an inch tall - $28.US.   #2 is just under 1 3/8 inches tall - $65.US.   #3 is just over 1 1/4 inches tall - $65.US. 
Moroccan pendant   NAF394.  This is a fat, double sided earring piece missing pendants or ear hook.  It makes a great pendant.  It is just under 1 1/2 inches tall.   $38.US.
  NAF221.   Here are three Moroccan fibulae from the Dra'aa Valley (page 28 of "A World of Necklaces".  They represent turtles and different designs represent different regions of the country.  #1 is 3 3/8 inches tall - $125.US.   #2 is 3 1/8 inches tall - $120.US.   #3 is 3 1/2 inches tall - $130.US.   (#1 is available)



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