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Ashione Gallery

*Ah-hh Ashione, ebe ndioma mara, nazu!

We Speak African Art!

Pendant Type -

Jewelry Adornment

 Pndts. 111

The pendant type jewelry adornment is quite popular in Africa. It extends wear-ability in that it allows a piece to be worn long or short, on a rope or chain, with other jewelry types or by itself, worn every day or on special occasions, inside clothing or out, and so forth. Many Africans find this jewelry-type adornment, meaningful, cultural, protective, meditative, powerful, healing and of course, beautiful.


Africans usually make pendants with rocks and minerals and collectively refer to them as gemstones. Pendants can also be made with horns, cowrie shells, feathers, clay, leather, and other natural elements. We believe it is the naturalness and proximity to nature that is the  appeal. There is also the belief that these natural elements possess powerful, medicinal and other elements that may be

useful to wearers. 

Pndts. 262

According to Chris Pellant, in Smithsonian Handbook, Rocks and Minerals, Published in the United States by Dorling Kindersly, Inc, New York, "Rocks and Minerals are a fundamental part of the earth's crust...Rocks are aggregates of minerals - usually several, but sometimes one or two. Similarly, minerals are either free, uncombined native elements or elemental compounds. Gold, Silver and Copper are metallic native elements..."


Although Africa has huge deposits of rocks and minerals, certain of them appear quite frequently in pendants and other jewelries, and below are how some of them may look in a natural state.


A. Natural state of stones and minerals.​

Source: Chris Pellant in Smithsonian Handbook, Rocks and Minerals, published in 

the United States by Dorling Kindersly, Inc., New York.


For a more detailed look at rocks and minerals, please consult above author.


B. Part of the process involved in turning a rock or mineral into a bead.


b1. Half section of a Ghanaian amethyst bead.

b1

b2. Bead inside, showing the amethyst mineral in its natural state.

b2

b3. Bead making in progress. Outside look of the outer side of the bead.

b3

b4. Completed bead bracelet, hand polished and probably decorated with other minerals and/or stones found around the amethyst. It was traditional for African bead makers to also inform with their craft. It may be that by decorating the amethyst with other molten minerals, the bead maker was informing that he was incorporating other gemstones/minerals found around the amethyst into his bead making.


The length of time spent on the crafting, and the size of the beads may denote that the jewelry was being made for someone of high status - a "chief", an elder of high standing or some personage of the ruling clan, and/or for ceremonial purposes.

b4

Whether the pendant is of a rock or mineral, or of a fashioned horn, cowrie shell, goat skin amulet, exotic feather, etc., the Africans who made these had culture on their mind, and therefore made them with great love, so that the wearer would receive untold blessings and satisfaction.


What else can one hope for! Enjoy!!

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Pendant - Pndts. 100
$24.00

Pendant

Pendant - Pndts. 101
$24.00

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Pendant - Pndts. 102
$24.00

Pendant

Pendant - Pndts. 103
$30.00

Pendant

Pendant - Pndts. 104
$39.00

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Pendant - Pndts. 105
$39.00

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Pendant - Pndts. 106
$24.00

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Pendant - Pndts. 107
$24.00

Pendant

Pendant - Pndts. 108
$39.00

Pendant

Pendant - Pndts. 109
$24.00

Pendant

Pendant - Pndts. 110
$39.00

Moroccan Pendant

Moroccan silver and stone pendant. - Pndts. 111
$135.00

Kenyan Pendant

Hammered large aluminum elephant pendant of the old traditional kind. - Pndts. 112
$69.00

Silver pendant

Looking good! - Pndts. 113
$135.00

Ankh​

Ankh of the horn persuasion. - Pndts. 114
$49.00

Lapis Pendant

Traditional lapis pendant. - Pndts. 115
$39.00

Nefertiti pendant

Nefertiti - Pndts. 116
$39.00

Eye of Horus

The eye of Horus or Osiris - Pndts. 117
$49.00

Ankh

Sterling silver ankh. - Pndts. 118
$65.00

Ankh

Ankh of the horn persuasion. - Pndts. 119
$39.00

Tuareg Cross

Tuareg cross. - Pndts. 120
$39.00

Eye of Horus

The eye of Horus made of brass. - Pndts. 121
$49.00

Ghanaian Akuaba

Beautiful Ghanaian Akuaba of the horn persuasion. Price break to your benefit. Was $89. - Pndts. 122
$49.00

Amethyst Pendant

Amethyst (SOLD) SORRY! THIS ITEM IS NO LONGER AVAILABLE. - Pndts. 123
$39.00

Pendant

Pendant - Pndts. 124
$89.00

Pendant

Pendant - Pndts. 125
$49.00

Pendant

Pendant - Pndts. 126
$69.00

Pendant

Pendant - Pndts. 127
$89.00

Pendant

Pendant - Pndts. 128
$69.00

Pendant

Pendant - Pndts. 129
$49.00

Pendant

Pendant - Pndts. 130
$89.00

Pendant

Ashanti Stool Bracelet - Pndts. 131
$89.00

Pendant

Pendant - Pndts. 132
$69.00

Pendant

Pendant - Pndts. 133
$49.00

Pendant

Pendant - Pndts. 134
$49.00

Pendant

Pendant - Pndts. 135
$49.00

Pendant

Pendant - Pndts. 136
$49.00

Pendant

Pendant - Pndts. 137
$89.00

Hamsa

Hand of Fatima or Hamsa. They were both supposedly protective. This one comes with lapis, coral and a green stone. - Pndts. 138
$49.00

Hand of Fatima or Hamsa Pendant

They were both supposedly protective. Made of coral, lapis and a green stone. - Pndts. 139
$49.00

Turquoise Turtle pedant

Beautiful turquoise turtle pendant. - Pndts. 140
$65.00

Fish Pendant

Fish pendant made of fine horn material. Beautifully scaled. - Pndts. 141
$135.00

Tuareg Pendant

Ethnographically decorated. - Pndts. 142
$39.00

Half Moon Pendant

Crystal half moon. A legend of the Fulanis is that you are born as a half moon in a most precious way, it is your responsibility to complete the other half! - Pndts. 143
$69.00

Elephant

Elephant. Trunk up! Always good luck. - Pndts. 144
$32.00

Amethyst Pendant

Striped amethyst gemstone pendant. - Pndts. 145
$49.00

Pink Gemstone Pendant

Pink gemstone pendant. - Pndts. 146
$49.00

Crystallized Gemstone Pendant

Crystallized gemstone pendant with brass tassels. (Green) - Pndts. 147
$39.00

Crystalized Gemstone Pendant

Crystallized gemstone pendant with brass tassels. - Pndts. 148
$39.00

Tooth Pendant

Shell tooth pendant - Pndts. 149
$69.00

Cowry Shell Pendant

Yoruba cowrie shell pendant. - Pndts. 150
$69.00

Pendant

Pendant - Pndts. 151
$39.00

Elephant Pendant

Elephant pendant, trunk up. Always good luck! - Pndts. 152
$24.00

Pendant

Pendant - Pndts. 153
$24.00

Pendant

Pendant - Pndts. 154
$24.00

Pendant

Pendant - Pndts. 155
$24.00

Pendant

Pendant - Pndts. 156
$24.00

Pendant

Pendant - Pndts. 157
$24.00

Pendant

Egyptian pendant w/hieroglyphics - Pndts. 158
$24.00

Pendant

Pendant - Pndts. 159
$24.00

Pendant

Pendant - Pndts. 160
$39.00

Pendant

Pendant - Pndts. 161
$39.00

Pendant

Pendant - Pndts. 162
$24.00

Pendant

Pendant - Pndts. 163
$32.00

Pendant

Pendant - Pndts. 164
$24.00

Pndts. 165

Dolphin Pendant

Dolphins at double play! - Pndts. 165
$39.00

Elephant Pendant

Horn elephant pendant with the trunk up! Always good luck! - Pndts. 166
$39.00

Hippo Pendant

Brass hippo pendant. Looks bullish! - Pndts. 167
$49.00

Brass Bull Pendant

You mean, raging bull? He looks like it! - Pndts. 168
$69.00

Snake

Sterling silver snake pendant. - Pndts. 169
$125.00

Horns Elephant Head Pendant

Elephant head made of horns with trunk up. Always good luck! - Pndts. 170
$49.00

Gem Stone Pendant

Gem stone pendant. - Pndts. 171
$49.00

Gem Stone Pendant

Gem stone pendant. - Pndts. 172
$49.00

Gem Stone Pendant

Gem stone pendant. - Pndts. 173
$49.00

Gem Stone Pendant

Dark green pendant. - Pndts. 174
$49.00

Gem Stone Pendant

Gem stone pendant. - Pndts. 175
$49.00

Gem Stone Pendant

Gem stone pendant - Pndts. 176
$49.00

Horn Pendant

Horn pendant of ancient musings. This stylized character appears in many kinds of West African art. Our interpretation is that it is a stylized mother and child image-a most iconic image in any part of Africa!- a baby on its mother's back. What is yours? - Pndts. 177
$39.00

Elephant Pendant

Elephant, leather elephant, beautifully decorated. Trunk up! Always good luck. - Pndts. 178
$32.00

Elephant Pendant

Wooden black elephant. Trunk up! Always good luck. - Pndts. 179
$24.00

Pendant

Pendant - Pndts. 180
$39.00

Pendant

Pendant - Pndts. 181
$39.00

Pendant

Pendant - Pndts. 182
$39.00

Pendant

Pendant - Pndts. 183
$30.00

Pendant

Ethnographic writing on a pendant piece, instead of a tablet! - Pndts. 184
$39.00

Pendant

Sign/symbol on a pendant - Pndts. 185
$39.00