Moroccan Silver with Open Bangle Bracelet with Niello Etching - Moroccophile Souk
Moroccan Silver with Open Bangle Bracelet with Niello Etching - Moroccophile Souk
Moroccan Silver with Open Bangle Bracelet with Niello Etching - Moroccophile Souk
Moroccan Silver with Open Bangle Bracelet with Niello Etching - Moroccophile Souk

Moroccan Silver with Open Bangle Bracelet with Niello Etching

Regular price $ 450.00

Souk Find Details:

  • Authentic Berber design with tribe tattoo symbols
  • Vintage handmade open bangle cuff bracelet
  • Heavy silver with niello and hand etched motifs
  • Oblong diameter 2 3/4" x 1 7/8"
  • Adult size 1 1/4" opening
  • Weight is 70gm
  • Only 1 available
  • Silver is believed to have medicinal properties

Berber 'Master of Fire' Silversmith

Bracelets have been among the most common form of jewelry worn by women in Morocco. They are often worn stacked and come designed in a variety of types and size, from hinged, hooked, or open, to thin strips and pieces that measure up to several inches in width.

Because of the long held Berber belief that gold was evil, traditional jewelry making in rural communities was always done in silver and silver alloys. All metalwork in these tribe villages was created by the 'master of fire,' or village silversmith.  

A village silversmith was both feared and respected in tribe society because of his dealings in fire, which were required to bend and mold metal. Fire was associated with the djoun (spirits with supernatural powers who had negative intentions) and devil, so Berbers figured anyone who could create such beautiful objects had to have made a deal with these two entities.