Unique Pendants and Beads

Rita discovered many unique tribal and ethnic pendants during her travels, most of which are antique or vintage. Pendants were essential design elements in her necklaces. The pendants in this section come from many countries, including Egypt, Afghanistan, Morocco, Mauritania, Liberia, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Syria, Peru, Yemen, India and China.

Note: We are now in the process of updating photos and descriptions in this section, so many items are not currently listed. If you previously were interested in an item and can no longer locate it, send us a photo, description or item number and we'll check to see if it's just getting updated or if it's sold.
Antique Nigerian Brass Pendant with Bails on Top and Bottom - P091Antique  Nigerian Brass Pendant with Bails on Top and Bottom - P091$30.00Antique Nigerian Brass pendant from the African Trade. Bails on top and bottom. 3" wide and 2" at tallest point. Pendant Item 091Antique Akha Ear Plug, Burma or Laos - P513Antique Akha Ear Plug, Burma or Laos - P513$36.00Antique Akha Ear Plug, Burma or Laos - P513 We just found this unusual ear plug pendant among the boxes of unlisted pendants in Rita's collection. It comes from the indigenous Akha people of Burma and Laos. Pendant Item 513 Antique Carved Chinese Jade and Jadeite Pendants, China - P205bAntique Carved Chinese Jade and Jadeite Pendants, China - P205b$125.00Antique Carved Chinese Jade and Jadeite Pendants, China - P205b. Group of 7. Pendant Item 205bAntique Handcrafted Rectangular Silver Amulet, India - P027Antique Handcrafted Rectangular Silver Amulet, India - P027$90.00Antique handcrafted rectangular silver amulet, India. 4 bails at top of pendant. Intricate detailing of flowers and beading. Over 100 years old. 63mm x 50mm. Pendant Item 027 Antique Jadeite Pendants and Buttons, China - P192Antique Jadeite Pendants and Buttons, China - P192$100.00Antique Jadeite Pendants and Buttons, China - P192 Group of 10 pendants, varied sizes and shapes. Pendant Item 192
Antique Mah Jong Tiles and Sticks, Many Designs, Hong Kong - P528Antique Mah Jong Tiles and Sticks, Many Designs, Hong Kong - P528$3.00Antique Chinese Bone Mah Jong Tiles and Sticks, Many Designs, Hong Kong - P528 Rita picked up several Mah Jong tile game sets in the 1970's in Hong Kong and used the tiles and sticks for designing earrings and pendants. We have both tiles and sticks available. We can mix and match items so just let us know with a note on your order if you prefer matching or mixed tiles and if you'd like any playing pieces/sticks with your order (also $3.00 each). Price is per tile or stick. Pendant Item 528 Antique Silver Double Claw Filigree Amulet, Sri Lanka, 1800's - P004Antique Silver Double Claw Filigree Amulet, Sri Lanka, 1800's - P004$285.00Antique Silver Double Claw Filigree Amulet, Sri Lanka, 1880's or older. 1.5" wide - 38mm and 2.3" - 59mm tall including decorative bail (but not metal loop). Missing decorative metal on one side. This is a magnificent piece. Purchased in Sri Lanka in 1977. Pendant Item 004 Antique Silver Hanging Pendant, North Africa - P153fAntique Silver Hanging Pendant, North Africa - P153f$25.00Antique silver pendant, N. Africa (Libya or Egypt). Hangs in balance from middle bail. Pendant Item 153f Antique Silver Prayer Box Pendant with Arabic inscription - P014Antique Silver Prayer Box Pendant with Arabic inscription - P014$135.00Lovely antique silver prayer-box pendant with Arabic inscription on both sides and a small silver chain handle. 35mm across. Pendant Item 014Antique Silver Sephardic Jewish Pendant, with Hebrew Inscription, North Africa - P486Antique Silver Sephardic Jewish Pendant, with Hebrew Inscription, North Africa - P486$225.00Antique Silver Sephardic Jewish Pendant, North Africa, with Hebrew Inscription. Estimated to be from the late 1800's or early 1900's. Nicely worn and lovely patina. A very special piece. 2" (50mm) tall excluding bails. High silver content. 2 bails on top. 5 loops on bottom need mending, or could be used as detail. Pendant Item 486
Balkan Filigree Vintage Silver Metal Pendant, with Glass Settings - P579Balkan Filigree Vintage Silver Metal Pendant, with Glass Settings - P579$35.00Balkan Filigree Vintage Silver Metal Pendant, with Glass Settings. Likely from a Bulgarian headdress. 1" wide - 1.85 " tall (not including chain). Pendant Item 579Berber Hand-Chased Silver Pendant with Hanging Bails, Marrakech, Vintage - P147cBerber Hand-Chased Silver Pendant with Hanging Bails, Marrakech, Vintage - P147c$35.00Berber Hand-Chased Silver Pendant with Hanging Bails, Marrakech, Vintage, 1970's. 57.3mm tall excluding bails. One bail needs some repair. Pendant Item 147cBerber Silver Hamsa, Morocco - P442Berber Silver Hamsa, Morocco - P442$25.00Berber Silver Hamsa, Morocco. 1.75" tall with bail. 1" wide at widest point. Sterling or near sterling silver. New production replica of old style hamsa. Pendant Item 442 Carved Antique Chinese Jade and Jadeite Buttons, China - P204aCarved Antique Chinese Jade and Jadeite Buttons, China - P204a$90.00Antique Carved Chinese jade and jadeite buttons. Group of 9. Pendant Item 204aCarved Mother of Pearl Shell Button Pendant, Pakistan - P532Carved Mother of Pearl Shell Button Pendant, Pakistan - P532$18.00Large Antique Mother of Pearl shell button, Pakistan. These buttons are worn as ornaments and protective amulets adorning dresses and hats. This button/pendant is slightly chipped with wear and age. 3 1/4" across. These buttons are worn as ornaments and protective amulets adorning dresses and hats. As seen in our November 2015 advertisement in Ornament Magazine. Pendant Item 532
Ethiopian Dark Bronze Shield Pendant, Old, Nice Patina - P278Ethiopian Dark Bronze Shield Pendant, Old, Nice Patina - P278$30.00Ethiopian Dark Bronze Shield Pendant, Old, Nice Patina - P278. Eight holes. Raised center. 58mm diameter. 2 available. Pendant Item 278Group of Metal Bracelets and Pendants, Varied Sizes, Middle East - P556Group of Metal Bracelets and Pendants, Varied Sizes, Middle East - P556$25.00Group of Metal Bracelets, Varied Sizes, Middle East Pendant Item 556 Hammered Silver Tulip Shaped Flat Pendant, Vintage - P299Hammered Silver Tulip Shaped Flat Pendant, Vintage - P299$28.00Hammered Silver Tulip Shaped Flat Pendant, Vintage. 6 holes (3 along bottom, 3 along top) for hanging dangles etc. 1.8" tall and 2.5" wide. Very nice, unusual pendant - part of Rita's old collection. We do not have information on the provenance of this pendant. Pendant Item 299 Kite-Shaped Glass Antique Hanging Pendant - P317aKite-Shaped Glass Antique Hanging Pendant - P317a$32.00Antique hanging pendant, coin silver and glass, center glass and small cabachons missing. Rita purchased this in Syria in 1993. Hangs 3.5 inches long with both pieces. 2.25 inches at widest point Pendant Item 317a Large Berber Khamsa Amulet, MoroccoLarge Berber Khamsa Amulet, Morocco$92.00Large Berber Khamsa Amulet, Morocco. Used as a protective amulet against the evil eye in many cultures and traditions. This is one really lovely khamsa pendant. Large, but not heavy. Nice rural feeling to it. 3.3 inches tall including bail. 2.3 inches wide at widest point. 1950's or before. Pendant Item 099
Lovely Nomadic Mauritanian Silver Southern Cross Pendant -P701Lovely Nomadic Mauritanian Silver Southern Cross Pendant -P701$20.00Lovely Nomadic Mauritanian Silver Southern Cross Pendant P701 These lovely handmade pendants were used in Mauritanian traditional wedding jewelry, on headdresses and necklaces, and often kept by the bride to sell in times of need. We don't know age on these southern crosses. We believe they were was of a well-cared fo and cleaned vintage set of jewelry or from a set that was not heavily used. They are made of high silver and are delicate but not fragile. Measure approximately 1.2" x 1.2" (31mm x 31mm). Sold individually. Four available. Pendant Item 701 Matched Mauritanian Tukulor or Malian Songhai Silver Round Wedding Headdress Pendants - P660Matched Mauritanian Tukulor or Malian Songhai Silver Round Wedding Headdress Pendants - P660$25.00Matched Mauritanian Tukulor or Malian Songhai Silver Round Wedding Headdress Pendants. These pendants are treasured and used by the Berber and Tuareg women for wedding ceremonies in Timbuktu and other parts of Mali and Mauritania. High grade silver, hand-decorated pendants with lovely detail. Could be used as a delicate focal pendant or as part of a necklace. Sold individually. 6 pendants currently available. Well matched in size. Hole between top edge and center. 27mm wide. Pendant Item 660 Mauritanian or Songhai Silver Lightweight Hair Bead Amulets - P660bMauritanian or Songhai Silver Lightweight Hair Bead Amulets - P660b$25.00Mauritanian Silver Lightweight Hair Bead Amulets, W. Africa. These are authentic, high grade silver, light weight pendant from a Mauritania. These pendants are not super old, likely to have been made within the last 25 years, as these are still used in traditional wedding ceremonies and as hair decorations. Bails on top. 24-28mm from top to bottom including bail. Approximately 23mm wide. 4 available. Sold individually. Pendant Item 660b Mauritanian or Songhai Silver Rectangular Headdress Pendant with Dangles - P659Mauritanian or Songhai Silver Rectangular Headdress Pendant with Dangles - P659$28.00Mauritanian Silver Rectangular Headdress Pendant with Dangles, W. Africa. This is an authentic, high grade silver, light weight pendant from a Mauritanian wedding headdress. An unusual and very beautifully decorated hand-made pendant. Hole on top part of pendant as seen in 3rd photo. Measures 1.31 inches (33.4mm) wide, 1.7 inches 43mm long. Pendant Item 659 Moroccan Berber Silver Head Ornament with Hanging Hamsas - P187Moroccan Berber Silver Head Ornament with Hanging Hamsas - P187$75.00Moroccan Berber Traditional Silver Head Ornament, with Hanging Hamsa Amulets and Red Glass Setting molded with of crescent moon and star pattern. Marrakech 1925 to 1930. 82mm long before dangles. 107mm with dangles. One hamsa is missing. Pendant Item 187
Niello and Silver Anti-Atlas Pendant, Morocco - P466Niello and Silver Anti-Atlas Pendant, Morocco - P466$48.00Niello and Silver Anti-Atlas Pendant, Morocco - P466 This is lovely, worn, old pendant. 2" long. Pendant Item 466 Old Bedouin Veil Temporal or Dangle, Israel - P702Old Bedouin Veil Temporal or Dangle, Israel - P702$32.00Old Bedouin Veil Temporal or Dangle,Israel. This came to the Collection via a Bedouin merchant in the Old City in Jerusalem. 9 inches long. 1 1/2 inches at widest point. Two available. Pendant Item 702Old Brass Scissors from Mali, 2 Sizes Available - P394aOld Brass Scissors from Mali, 2 Sizes Available - P394a$24.00Brass scissors from Mali. Old. Measure approximately 1.5" from top of loop to point. These make terrific pendants! Sold in packs of 6 pendants. 3 packs available. Pendant Item 394aOld Ethnic Chinese Jade Disc Pendants - P540Old Ethnic Chinese Jade Disc Pendants - P540$24.00Old Ethnic Chinese Jade Disc Pendants Sold individually. 2 bottom pendants available. Pendant Item 540Old Silver Islamic Prayer Amulet, Egypt - P490Old Silver Islamic Prayer Amulet, Egypt - P490$25.00Old Coin Silver or Sheet Metal Islamic Prayer Amulet from Egypt with Black Faux Stone or Amber. 6 Bails, some missing dangles. A nice old piece that Rita picked up in Egypt in the 1980's or 1990's. Pendant Item 490
Old Silver Kuchi Pendant, with Green Glass Cabachon, Afghanistan - P364Old Silver Kuchi Pendant, with Green Glass Cabachon, Afghanistan - P364$18.00Old Silver Kuchi Pendant, with Green Glass Cabachon, Afghanistan. 1.5" tall (38mm) not including bails. This charming, vintage pendant is missing 4 dangles. Pendant Item 364Old Siwa Silver Disc Amulet, Egypt - P154Old Siwa Silver Disc Amulet, Egypt - P154$20.00Old Siwa Oasis Silver Amulet, Egypt. 1.8" (4.6 cm) across. Pendant Item 154Ornate Hand-Made Gold and Blue Kingfisher Feather Pendant, Antique, China - P179Ornate Hand-Made Gold and Blue Kingfisher Feather Pendant, Antique, China - P179$135.00Large Ornate Hand-Made Kingfisher Feather Pendant. 3 1/2" across. Mid 19th century to early 20th century, China. Very good condition. Pendant Item 179Rectangular, square and flowered hollow Bedouin silver pendants, group of 4, old, Egypt - P428Rectangular, square and flowered hollow Bedouin silver pendants, group of 4, old, Egypt - P428$24.00Rectangular, square and flowered hollow Bedouin silver pendants, group of 4, Egypt. Two matched rectangular pendants with four holes each. Rectangular pendants measure 21.6 by 12.8mm, square pendant measures 19.7mm across - holes are at corners. Flowered pendant measures 20.7mm in length. Pendant Item 428Round bone etched pendant with circle dot motif, Africa, old - P362Round bone etched pendant with circle dot motif, Africa, old - P362$16.00Vintage or antique bone pendant with circle-dot motif and decorative carvings, Africa. Hole through center. 36mm across. Pendant Item 362
Sirouan Silver Pendant, Morocco - P527Sirouan Silver Pendant, Morocco - P527$20.00Sirouan Silver Pendant, Vintage, Morocco. 1.5" long. Pendant Item 527Small Antique Carved Wood or Bone Buddha Pendant or Toggle - P170Small Antique Carved Wood or Bone Buddha Pendant or Toggle - P170$32.00Sweet, Small Ethnic Chinese Antique Carved Wood or Bone Buddha Pendant, Hong Kong or China. Wonderful detail. We think this was used as a toggle for a gentleman's tobacco bag. 3 cm tall. Bail in back. Pendant Item 170Small Tuareg Silver and Brass Tcherot Box Amulet, with Raised Buttons and Etching, Mauritania - P642cSmall Tuareg Silver and Brass Tcherot Box Amulet, with Raised Buttons and Etching, Mauritania - P642c$70.00Small Tuareg Silver and Brass Tcherot Box Amulet, with Raised Buttons and Etching, Mauritania. This lovely brass/bronze and silver amulet measures 2" tall and and 1." at narrowest width. 1930's or earlier. Used to hold a Koranic or protective verse. The Tcherot are talismans, worn by the Tuareg in the Sahara and by other Berber people in the extreme south of Morocco, Western Sahara and Mauritania. They are believed to bring luck and drive away evil. Pendant Item 642c Syrian Druze Silver Filigree Head Cap on Chain, Vintage, Syria - P008Syrian Druze Silver Filigree Head Cap on Chain, Vintage, Syria - P008$240.00A Syrian Druze/Durzi Silver Filigree Head Cap on Chain, Vintage, Syria. This may have been purchased in Egypt. Intricate design and work. Lower grade silver. A very special piece. 1950's approximately. 4 3/4" diameter pendant and 25" chain. Formerly Antique Item 008, Now Pendant Item 008 Tibetan Circular Brass Pendant - P062Tibetan  Circular Brass Pendant  - P062$20.00Vintage Circular Brass pendant from Tibet, Nepal, 20th Century. Decorated with picture of scale. 2" across. Pendant Item 062
Traditional Bedouin Tribal Crescent Star Pendant, with Lovely Etching and Red Glass - Rita Okrent Collection (P597)Traditional Bedouin Tribal Crescent Star Pendant, with Lovely Etching and Red Glass - Rita Okrent Collection (P597)$100.00Traditional Bedouin Tribal Crescent Star Pendant, with Lovely Etching and Red Glass. This is a traditional crescent moon Bedouin pendant, purchased from a dealer in Jerusalem's Old City souk. The number 7 (note the number of dangles and hanging beads) is often found in Bedouin jewelry, as are the star and crescent moon. This is a nicely sized pendant in good condition. 3 bails. 87mm (3.43') across at top (widest point). 58mm (2.25") from top of bail to bottom of crescent (not including dangles). Pendant Item 597Traditional Lapis and Silver Asyk Pendant, Afghanistan - P441Traditional Lapis and Silver Asyk Pendant, Afghanistan - P441$32.00Traditional Lapis and Silver Asyk Pendant, Afghanistan. 32mm tall with bail. 20mm across at widest hand. Lovely silver detail! Pendant Item 441 Traditional Silver Triangular Zar Amulet from Ceremonial Necklace, Egypt - P507Traditional Silver Triangular Zar Amulet from Ceremonial Necklace, Egypt - P507$62.00Traditional Silver Triangular Zar Amulet from Ceremonial Necklace, Egypt. See Enchanted Jewelry Of Egypt (Azza Fahmy) pp. 162-164 for photos including this type of amulet. We have only one of these. Pendant Item 507Triangular Silver Pendant with Blue and Red Settings and Hanging Charms, Antique - P049Triangular Silver Pendant with Blue and Red Settings and Hanging Charms, Antique - P049$100.00Antique Triangular Silver Pendant with Blue and Red Stone or Glass Settings and Hanging Charms, from Pakistan or Afghanistan. Antique silver pendant which Rita purchased on her travels in Syria in the 1980's. . Hangs down 9" with charms. Pendant itself is 3" high. Pendant Item 049Tuareg Silver Bella Pendant, 1940's, Morocco - P506Tuareg Silver Bella Pendant, 1940's, Morocco - P506$100.00Tuareg Silver Bella Pendant, 1940's, Morocco. The Bella are a Tuareg group descended from slaves of the Tuareg. 2.4" (62mm) long. Pendant Item 506
Turkmen or Afghani Silver Decorative Pendants, Vintage, Group of 3 - P474Turkmen or Afghani Silver Decorative Pendants, Vintage, Group of 3 - P474$36.00Turkmen or Afghani Kochi Tribal Vintage Silver Decorative Hollow Pendants, Group of 3. One with cabachons. 60-80 years old. Each pendant has two sets of bails. Likely to have been used on a belt. Coin silver. No obvious stamps. 3.25cm long without bails, 2cm wide.Very Old Bone Pendants - P177Very Old Bone Pendants - P177$28.00Very Old Bone Pendants. These are really unusual and from the depths of Rita's collection. 15x32mm and 21x37mm. Sold individually or as a set. Price is for 1 (please indicate which you pendant you are purchasing). Pendant Item 177Victorian-era Mourning Pendant, England - P009Victorian-era Mourning Pendant, England - P009$220.00Victorian-era, (or after) Mourning Pendant, Painted on Jet, England. Mourning pendants became a fashion trend after Queen Victoria started wearing them during her reign after the early death of her husband, Prince Albert in 1861. The trend of wearing Mourning Pendants moved quickly to the U.S. and was popular during the Civil War, and after. 1 3/4" tall, 1 1/2" wide. Formerly Antique Item 009, Now Pendant Item 009Vintage Arabic Silver Amulet, Middle East - P534Vintage Arabic Silver Amulet, Middle East - P534$28.00Vintage Arabic Silver Amulet, Middle East. Writing on both sides. 1.5" tall. Pendant Item 534Vintage Circular Decorated Silver Pendant, with Blue Stone Setting - P218Vintage Circular Decorated Silver Pendant, with Blue Stone Setting - P218$20.00Vintage Circular Silver pendant with decorative circles, N. Africa. Missing two stones. 2" across. Pendant Item 218
Vintage Kuchi Tribal Coins on Old Textile - P241Vintage Kuchi Tribal Coins on Old Textile - P241$18.00Vintage Kuchi Tribal Coins on Old Textile. 10 coins. 2 pieces total (5 coins each). Penny is there for reference. Coins measure 1" tall with bails. Pendant Item 241 Vintage Kuchi Tribal Pendant, Afghanistan - P492Vintage Kuchi Tribal Pendant, Afghanistan - P492$22.00Vintage Kuchi Tribal Pendant with a few missing bails. It adds to the charm! 2.7" (69mm) wide at widest point. 3" tall (78mm) with bails (not including dangles). Pendant Item 492Vintage Tribal Kuchi Coin and Charm Chain, Afghanistan - P494Vintage Tribal Kuchi Coin and Charm Chain, Afghanistan - P494$32.00Long Vintage Kuchi Coin and Charm Chain, Afghanistan This is a 19" chain of 14 mixed coins and 16 small diamond shaped metal pendants. Pendant Item 494 Yemeni Coin Silver Decorated Pendant from Traditional Bracelet, Wadi Bayhan, Yemen - P131Yemeni Coin Silver Decorated Pendant from Traditional Bracelet,  Wadi Bayhan, Yemen - P131$58.00Yemeni Coin Silver Decorated Pendant from Traditional Bracelet, Wadi Bayhan, Yemen. An unusual pendant that appears to have been reworked to make it into a khol box or other container. It was most likely purchased in Egypt in the 1980's. Central hole and through bails on sides. 1.5" tall and 1.5" wide, including bails (from top, not including curve). 18 grams. The type of bracelet from which this pendant originates can be found in Marjorie Ransom's book, "Silver Treasures in the Land of Sheba" on page 84. This would make a unique focal pendant with a good story. Pendant Item 131