This is a very unique vintage Moroccan necklace. A friend of mine purchased it from a metal smith in Morocco in the late 1960s. In my 40+ years of collecting vintage jewelry, and I've focused a great deal on Northern African jewelry. I've never seen another necklace with beads like this.
The big beads are machined brass. They are bicone shapes with deep machined grooves on outsides. The center bands have cut out rectangles that were hand cut. The large round black beads are hand made wound beads from black recycled glass. The top of the necklace also has brass barrel beads.
When clasped, the necklace is 18 1/4 " or 46.4 cm long. The big brass beads are 7/8" or 22 mm wide. The black glass beads are 3/8" or 10 mm. The necklace has the original old brass hook that is an unusual machine made hook.
The entire necklace is in excellent clean condition and has been well cared for. The brass barrel beads at the top have a slight patina from age. All of the black glass beads are perfect with no chips or cracks. The large brass beads have been professionally cleaned and polished however there are some light hints of age to the brass here and there. The necklace is not signed.
Comes gift wrapped and shipped in a new luxury presentation necklace box.