If there is one thing I love doing in Morocco, it is for sure shopping for traditional Moroccan jewelry. Yes, yes, and yes! I am a jewelry junkie and I have a great fascination for Morocco jewelry designs and the history behind each jewelry piece.
My love for Moroccan jewelry started in my childhood. I used to accompany my mother and aunts regularly to the Medina market to look for authentic jewelry pieces. That was kind of a hobby: See what’s new, what the current price of gold was, and look for gorgeous pieces with great deals. Banks and investing weren’t very popular at the time, and women used to invest their money in authentic Moroccan jewelry pieces made with gold and precious stones. Then, they would either wear them on a daily basis or store the priciest pieces and keep them for special occasions. And whenever they needed cash flow, they would sell some of their collection pieces.
That was back then. These days, Moroccan women mostly buy Moroccan jewelry to accessorize. Still, the process of finding a beautiful jewelry piece is still the same. The passion too. No Moroccan woman takes shopping Moroccan jewelry lightly.
Most Moroccan jewelry designs will mix perfectly with urban clothing, giving it an interesting touch. I will try and share with you different basic Moroccan jewelry pieces to inspire you, whether you are planning on shopping in Morocco or inline.
Shopping Moroccan Jewelry
Finding good Moroccan-inspired jewelry pieces can be overwhelming, especially if you are not familiar with Moroccan jewelry style and materials. Sometimes I look on the internet and I am surprised to see Indian jewelry marketed as Moroccan. The sellers are smart and know what the customers are most looking for. The same thing happens in Morocco, with more and more Indian and chinese products entering the Moroccan market. Here I will try to share with you some tips as well as some basic Moroccan jewelry models to know what to look for.
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Besides, if you follow these recommendations, you can acquire pieces that will last you for years. They might even stay in your family for generations. My mother has two jewelry pieces that belonged to her grandmother. They are extremely gorgeous and still in perfect condition.
Buying Moroccan Jewelry Online
Luckily, you don’t have to travel all the way to Morocco to get beautiful and authentic jewelry pieces. There are many talented designers that excel in the matter and that offer handcrafted and high-quality products. To be sure you are in the Moroccan theme, look for thick silver bracelets with an oval stone (like in the picture above). You can also look for items with a Fatima
The prices can sometimes be high, as most Moroccan jewelry designs need a lot of work in order to achieve complicated designs and patterns. However, you can still find some great deals. I personally shop Moroccan jewelry regularly online, and I am very proud of some of my picks.
Authentic Moroccan jewelry is always made with precious materials like gold or silver. If you have a tight budget, you can find beautiful silver jewelry pieces for less than 20$, and that will last you forever as silver doesn’t rust.
However, gold is king, and Moroccan jewelry pieces look extremely fancy when in gold. In this case, prices can get really high, but you can always opt for a gold plated item. It will be cheaper, and I guarantee, you will treasure it your entire life.
Buying Jewelry in Morocco
In Morocco, the best place to purchase authentic Moroccan Jewelry is in the Medina, the city downtown. This is true especially for the Medinas of historical cities, like Marrakech, Fez, Rabat, Casablanca, and Tangier. Here I talk about the best places to visit in Morocco, and some of the Moroccan Medinas are part of the list.
In Morocco, Medinas are the heartbeat of Moroccan cities. It is where locals shop for everyday necessities and thus, prices are very reasonable. Medinas are also very loved by tourists as they offer a great immersion in Moroccans everyday life. They are also the perfect place to shop for Moroccan traditional items.
In most historical Moroccan cities, Medinas are organized by themes. Thus, there is a small section for each of the shopping needs: Moroccan jewelry, spices, rugs, traditional clothes and so one, making shopping easier and comparison possible.
So when visiting Morocco, ask your local guide for the section where you can find traditional Moroccan jewelers. They often have a very small store and display some of their jewelry in the storefront.
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