You cannot leave Morocco without a little Moroccan Jewellery.
Moroccan jewellery is incredibly beautiful, exotic and unusual. It’s hard for any traveller to walk through the fabulous markets and ignore the jewellery stands. And it’s impossible not to enter a traditional Moroccan jewellery store and spend hours admiring the gold, silver, amber, precious stones and fabulous designs.
The more you look at Moroccan jewellery the more you will start to recognise pieces or designs as being tribal, authentic, original and occasional. Some pieces are really unusual and the jewellery store owner or designer will tell you the history of the piece. There are special wedding necklaces, rite of passage necklaces and stunning traditional Berber necklaces.
Prices of Moroccan jewellery depends entirely on the piece you are buying, the precious metal used and the quality of the amber or the precious stones. Morocco is a country where you can bargain, although it’s always a good idea to ask your guide if you should bargain and how low you should go. Because of exchange rates, the prices are pretty good and you may not need to bargain too much to get a good deal.
You are going to find fabulous necklaces, bracelets and earrings. You will also find jewellery headbands known as Tabaa. You will find small and delicate pieces and then large, chunky and heavy pieces. It’s all a matter of style and a matter of budget. Take your time in choosing the piece of jewellery for you and don’t ever feel pressurised into buying. If you fall in love with an item, buy it! You may regret not buying it for the rest of your holiday!
Berber necklaces are made with amber and coral, are ethnic and unusual in design and an extremely popular buy for women in Morocco. An authentic Berber necklace can be very expensive because of the amber and the coral, but there are plenty of replicas. If you have thousands of dollars, buy yourself an authentic Berber necklace. If you don’t have that kind of money, buy a replica. They’re gorgeous.
Moroccan silver bracelets are also beautiful, varying in thickness and design. Some are simple, some have patterns or engravings, and some are worn alone or as a group. You will see local Moroccan women wearing really big and thick silver bracelets and you can get ideas how to wear the bracelets you see. They look especially fabulous worn with contemporary clothing. These bracelets make great gifts too, and they’re not too heavy to take home.
You’ll also see the Hamsa, which is a Moroccan-Jewish symbol, a hand with an eye on it, one that is believed to protect people from evil. It’s known as the Eye or the Hand of Fatima and can be worn on a gold or silver chain. Look out for these in markets and street stalls, they make fabulous presents too. They’re well priced unless you are going for genuine vintage pieces.
Moroccan medinas are thee best places to shop for jewellery. Ask your guide to take you to the best places or just walk, wander, explore and shop!