The Tuareg are a nomadic people and the main inhabitants of the Saharan interior of North Africa. The majority reside in Niger, Mali and Algeria but small communities also live in Nigeria, Libya and Burkina Faso.
Jewelry and metalworks are a staple of Tuareg art; the Inadan people are a sub-group of the Toureg known for their blacksmith and metalwork skills. The beautiful, unique, metal accessories and embellishments of the Tuareg are a common subject for international photographers and a source of inspiration for fashion designers. Odds are, you’ve seen pieces inspired by Tuareg jewelry, so why not purchase from the from the source?
Tuaregjewelry.com features a wide range of pieces by the Koumama family from Niger, Africa. The pieces are the result of knowledge and artistry passed down over 25 generations. The Koumama’s have been working with Elena Rotondi, an American, since 2012 to expand their business, which was compromised in the 1990’s following the Tuareg Rebellion. Tuareg jewelry and artworks has since received a lot of mainstream recognition in the past few years, including a shoutout from domestic goddess Martha Stewart. Many pieces on Tuaregjewelry.com can be had for under $100. Here are some of our favorites.
Alexander w/ Onyx Earrings, $110.00.
Ebony Teardrop Earrings, $85.00.
Hinged Chatchat Necklace, $165.00
Ebony Stick Earrings, $85.00
See more at www.tuaregjewelry.com