A MOROCCAN EMERALD, SAPHIRE AND RUBY INSET GOLD NECKLACE (LEBBA)

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This large necklace consists of several pendants alternating with fluted ovoid gold pearls on a silk cord. The pendants consist of different golden drops in the shape of fleurons or roses of Rhodes known as gharnati, rosettes, crescent moons and stars that come together to form a long broad necklace covering almost the entire chest. The pendants are decorated on both sides, each studded with ten emeralds, ruby and saphire on one side and decorated on the other with green, red and blue champlevé enamel with floral and plant decoration. This type of jewellery was worn by brides from Fez on their wedding day and by upper-middle-class women during festivities. The magic symbols that they bear are intended to protect the women against the evil eye. The fact that there are ten precious stones (twice five, the symbol of the hand that protects from harm) and the crescent-and-moon motif, imitating an eyebrow and an iris (the eye that sees danger) indicate the importance that women placed on amulets. this type of jewellery was no longer produced using this technique from the late 19th century.

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