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Tuareg Silver Rings

All desert people who can afford to do so wear silver. Silver is perceived as ‘the pure metal blessed by the Prophet.’ Silver jewelry possession is important to the Tuareg of the Saharan. It is an indicator of family wealth, position and origin. The highly touted Tuareg smiths create a wide array of jewelry objects that all tie together by the use of traditional Berber markings. These etchings are clean cut, concise, geometrical and are repeated over and over again in jewelry, embroidery and leather workings. The markings are ancient blessing of good fortune and symbols of protection for the wearer. However sophisticated or stylized or modern the piece, the traditional markings will be apparent. Finely crafted, well detailed and thoroughly authentic the rings come in a range of sizes and design variations. Some of the rings are simply decorated silver pieces while others have ebony inlay and colorful agate stones.