A Faouzi designer necklace - Silver, brass, copper & carnelian necklace
Made by the acclaimed Marrakchi jewellery designer, Faouzi (Faouzi Mghatete), this stunning one-off necklace incorporates vintage elements into its design. A whole year was spent searching for the much sought-after vintage carnelian pieces that make up the six pendants – each with an elaborate silver, brass and copper encasement. Individual tanfouk/talhakimt* elements are interspersed with eleven similar-sized faceted carnelian semi-precious stones which separate and align the Tanfouk pendants beautifully. The resulting resemblance to a Tuareg-style necklaces is deliberate. An absolutely amazing designer necklace that deserves to be seen out and about or even on the catwalk.
*A tanfouk/talhakimt is a triangular-shaped piece of carnelian often worn by wealthy women from Mali and Mauritania as a hair ornament (see photo). It is believed that the tanfouk symbolises sunrise and the beginning of new life.
Vintage elements recently assembled
Silver, copper, brass, carnelian & material
48.0 cm circumference
Tanfouk length inc. encasement 10.5 cm width 5.7 cm
Fisher, A. (1998). Africa Adorned. New York: H. Abrams, p. 186.
Hagan, H. and Myers, L. (2006). Tuareg jewelry. [United States]: Xlibris Corp.