Fine Sterling Silver Bagzan Cross Earrings - Eye - NigerTuareg
These stunning sterling silver earrings are hand made in Niger.
- åÊSize: 2" long with wire (cross 1 1/4"), 7/8"at the widest
- Circle at top represents "the eye of the chameleon"
Bagzan Symbol -åÊ
Bagzan Cross is one of the 21 Tuareg Crosses in Niger. Each symbol represents one of these villages. The word "cross"is a term attributed by Europeans and is totally unrelated to the Tuareg language.
åÊMeet The Artist -åÊ
Elhadji Koumama is from the tribe, Tuareg of Niger. åÊHis family has been making this gorgeous jewelry for 25 generations.
The traditionally nomadic Tuareg are indigenous to the SaharaåÊdesert. They are often called ‰ÛÏthe Blue People of the desert‰ dueåÊto the indigo dye they use on their garments that stains theiråÊskin. åÊThe Koumama family collective lives in both Agadez andåÊNiamey, Niger.
Over 50 silversmiths present their artistry. Each piece is handåÊhammered, beautifully engraved with the symbolism and motifsåÊof countless generations.åÊOver 200 people are supported by the sale of this jewelry.