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Tribal Siwa Sterling Pendant (Adrim) & Collar-SOLD

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Tribal Siwa Sterling Pendant (Adrim) & Collar-SOLD

Siwa jewelry has long been prized for its exquisite design and craftsmanship. While some jewelry is purely ornamental, other pieces are tied to Siwi customs. The aghraw and the adrim are traditional Siwi pieces of jewelry related to marriage customs. The aghraw is a circular loop which holds the disc-shaped adrim. When a woman is still unmarried, she wears both, but once she marries, she passes the adrim to a younger girl in the family. This adrim is richly adorned with a cross pattern and other decorative designs filling the background. It is sterling silver, marked, 925, and is 2 in diameter, with the bail adding another 5/8. The collar is also sterling and was custom-made to fit the disc because the original one was damaged. It is approximately 15 tip-to-tip and is quite substantial. Both pieces weigh approximately 41.5 grams. This is a unique piece of jewelry, carrying with it a rich history and tradition. It has been in my own personal collection since about 1980.

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