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The Emergence of Traditional Moroccan Jewelry

The ancient technique of making real Moroccan jewelry may be traced back to Morocco's Jewish minority. The top designers and producers of these artefacts were Jewish craftsmen and artisans. Moroccan jewelry has a long and distinguished history.

For decades, Morocco has welcomed diverse immigration groups. Following Spain's Reconquista in 1492, many Jewish silversmiths fled to Morocco, carrying their expertise of jewelry-making skills with them. They proceeded to teach their Amazigh (Berber race in Morocco) neighbors what they had learnt.

In general, every Moroccan jewelry was coupled with an amulet that had a special meaning. The hamsa and fibula were and continue to be the most popular.

Berber women wore so much jewelry that it became an extension of their identity. On the one hand, purchasing jewelry had a monetary value for the Berber community. In reality, it was regarded the Amazigh woman's private property. In the event of an economic downturn, she may opt to sell her works in order to sustain her family. On the other side, it allowed her to express herself with a unique mix of necklaces, headbands, earrings, and bracelets.

The Hamsa is also known as "the Hand of Fatima" since it represents the prophet's daughter's hand. Its primary belief is that those who wear it will be protected from evil eye and disaster. The fibula is a sign of the form and fertility of women. It is primarily worn by Berber brides and represents the bride's purity as well as her reproductive potential.

 

Wearing Moroccan jewelry used to be much more than simply an addition to your attire; it was a means to proclaim your individuality. Today, at Moroccan Birds, we wish to reintroduce the concept of individuality by creating important collections that enable you to express yourself.