"I don't think they are nielloed - just a bit of patina and maybe even a little dirt or residue from the creation process. I bought them from one of Sarah's contacts - they are a new copy of an old design. The pink beads are…"
You are living in Accra! Is it for a short period or long? A girlfriend of mine lived there for three years and brought me back heaps of beads. She was the one that started me selling trade beads and the W.African beads.
You must be able to get some gorgeous ones. Have you got many contacts?. I must tell Pamela about you, she had lots of friends there, but its now about 10 years since she left.
I just had a look at your necklaces, I assume you made them? They are very nice. I love the boghdads too, as I bought 2 from Sarah when she came back from her last trip. Unfortunately not sure I can sell them, as they were reasonably expensive. So, I have kept one for myself - which I tend to do when I can't let something go!
I lived in Tanzania, Uganda and Kenya for 10 years .......and we are going back in 6 weeks' time to see the boys (now men) we educated.......they are all working, so it was worthwhile helping them. My husband is a civil engineer and he was building roads.
I shall visit the W.African men who sell in Nairobi - amazing place, this hotel full of beads on strands, from cheap ones to expensive ones, kept under the bed in a small suitcase! I love them, they are such interesting men.
Let me know about your life in Accra, am very interested. Are you working there? or is it your husband that took you?
Bel Hajj. A fondouk with several jewel stores ( Bel Hajj has an introduction based business, so this is a real link to the heart of the Jewel and bead trade in Marrakech)
Abril. A long established jewellery dealing family with a beautiful shop and a great inventory of pieces.
Mamoun. A Saharwi trader with a great array of Saharan pieces.
Mostapha Alyed. Owner of two top end galleries with endless tresures!
Hassan, A great genuine Marrakchi trader with an eclectic mix of beautiful jewels, fabrics, beads and Berber items
Aziz. A stylish and very wise man! His shop is piled high with elements for creating jewels and complete pieces.
This is just a small selection of the places we will visit, each and every one of these traders are personal friends of mine. This ensures a great and relaxed jewel buying environment. I wil be on hand at all times to advise and give an opinion on any piece if required. The quality of the items on offer at all of these places is exceptional.
I am so happy that you are enjoying the forum. We have been very fortunate in gathering together a vibrant community of people who have a real passion for jewels and adornment.
re The January trip, and Faouzi.
We do indeed meet Faouzi on our trip to Marrakech in January. He is as charming and wonderful as the jewellery he creates! I always take the group to visit his shop/ workshop and to see his astounding work and inventory.
I can also arrange to purchase and to send his pieces to you if you prefer. However seeing his full collection is very worthwhile.
If you would like any other details of the itinerary of the January tour please drop me a line.
If there is a piece which you have seen which you would like, I am in Marrakech tomorrow, and can arrange this for you.