Item Vin50 Description When I first seen this necklace I was enpowered to buy it, what a fantastic find with this wonderful and beautiful Blackamoor Necklace. The Necklace has 7 Blackamoor lady portraits, each lady is wearing a gorgeous headdress and they have ornate goldtone bead necklaces and goldtone sash clothing, with each having a goldtone earring all attached and linked to the goldtone chain the whole necklace measures a generous 18 inches in length. The Center Lady Portrait measures a generous 2 inches x 1.5 inches and she has Rhinestones for her earrings and sash. The enameling on each portrait is perfect. Acquired from a collector friend in the USA. Currently in House of Francheskas Collection we will find it very difficult to part with this beauty.
Some Information on Blackamoor Jewellery According to An Illustrated Dictionary of Jewellery by Newman, a Blackamoor is a figure of a young male or female black African depicted in jewelry in a head or bust. Morcic Croatian jewelry and figures have been a speciality of the artisans of Venice and Croatia for hundreds of years. Inspired by styles of the East, this type of jewellery was believed to have protective powers and was sometimes worn as an amulet to guard against evil. Sailors often wore a Morcic earring in their left ear. In the 19th century it became the expensive and sought-after jewellery to the rich. Still produced today in Venice by the iconic Nardi firm and conjuring up images of Carnivale and the exotic mysterious East.