Berber Jewelry Making Techniques
North Africa has always been a source of inspiration for ethnic statement jewelry. Also known as the Amazigh people, Berbers are the original inhabitants of this region. They are the first ethnical group who lived in the area. Despite facing several civilizations, the Romans, Arab and French; the Amazigh people managed to preserve their heritage.
One of their heritage is the jewelry making techniques. Berber Jewelry is mainly made with pure silver using ancestral techniques (that existed for more than 2000 years).
Berber jewelry making techniques include: hammering, casting, chiseling and engraving. Each of these techniques is worked by hand.
Jews-Berbers impacted Moroccan jewelry through their well-known work in Filigree (an ornamental work using fine wire of silver) and Niello (black mixture used to fill the engraved designs on a piece of silver jewelry). They passed on their knowledge from generations to generation to preserve and keep this legacy alive.
Indeed, Moroccan jewelry reflects in many ways, the multiculturality of Amazigh heritage.