Tuareg silver is the most luxurious jewelry worn in most
West African countries. Many Tuareg people who can afford to
wear it will save it for only the most special occasions.
The Tuareg people of the Sahara wear jewelry made out of
this silver as an indicator of wealth, position, and origin.
The highly esteemed Tuareg
silversmiths create a wide array of jewelry objects that all
tie together using the traditional berber markings that you
will see on most of the Tuareg jewelry sold at Africa
Imports. These etchings are clean cut, concise, geometrical
and repeated over and over again through all of the Tuareg
silver. In much of Islamic culture, realistic images are
considered to be sacrilegious; hence the geometric patterns.
The markings stand for ancient blessings of good fortune and
symbols of protection for the wearer. This jewelry is so
sophisticated and stylish, yet so full of African meaning.
Tuareg silver itself is an alloy of silver and copper, which
gives it a brilliant golden tone. This is not a sterling
silver, and is sometimes made from silver dollars that have
been melted. Click on the Tuareg Silver picture above to see
all of Africa Imports Tuareg
Nyame Symbol in African Jewelry
The gye nyame symbol is probably the best known adinkra
symbol from Ghana. It means “except for God” and signifies
the all-knowing power of God. It is used in African decorations,
clothing, jewelry, and artwork. It is a reflection of the religious
character of the Ghanaian people. If you look closely at the
symbol you can see that it shows a person inside of a hand. It
is a picture of how we are held in the hand of God.
translation of the gye nyame symbol is this: This great panorama
of creation dates back to time immemorial; no one lives who saw
its beginning and no one will live to see its end, EXCEPT GOD.