Ashione Gallery - Pendants - New York, NY
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 Pendant Type -
Jewelry Adornment

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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 bones, horns, cowrie shells, feathers, clay, leather, and other natural elements. We believe it is 
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appeal. There is also the belief that these natural elements 
possess powerful, medicinal and other elements that may be 
useful to wearers.        


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.





Silver



Gold

Copper

Malachite




Turquoise



Amber
Shale

Coral






Quartz


Topaz

Labradorite

Garnet



Tourmaline

Amethyst

Hematite/ Opal

  Diamond

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.

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

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



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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.
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Whether the pendant is of a rock or mineral, or of a fashioned bone or 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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Moroccan Pendant
Moroccan silver and stone pendant.
Price: $135.00
Kenyan Pendant
Hammered large aluminum elephant pendant of the old traditional kind.
Price: $69.00
Silver pendant
Looking good!
Price: $135.00
Ankh
Ankh of the bone persuasion.
Price: $49.00
Lapis Pendant
Traditional lapis pendant.
Price: $39.00
Nefertiti pendant
Nefertiti
Price: $39.00
Eye of Horus
The eye of Horus or Osiris
Price: $49.00
Ankh
Sterling silver ankh.
Price: $65.00
Ankh
Ankh of the bone persuasion.
Price: $39.00
Tuareg Cross
Tuareg cross.
Price: $39.00
Eye of Horus
The eye of Horus made of brass.
Price: $49.00
Ghanaian Akuaba
Beautiful Ghanaian Akuaba of the bone persuasion. Price break to your benefit. Was $89.
Price: $49.00
Amethyst Pendant
Amethyst (SOLD) SORRY! THIS ITEM IS NO LONGER AVAILABLE.
Price: $39.00






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Decorated status bone pendant
Price: $49.00
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Hamsa
Hand of Fatima or Hamsa. They were both supposedly protective. This one comes with lapis, coral and a green stone.
Price: $49.00
Hand of Fatima or Hamsa Pendant
They were both supposedly protective. Made of coral, lapis and a green stone.
Price: $49.00
Turquoise Turtle pedant
Beautiful turquoise turtle pendant.
Price: $65.00
Fish Pendant
Fish pendant made of fine bone material. Beautifully scaled.
Price: $135.00
Tuareg Pendant
Ethnographically decorated.
Price: $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!
Price: $69.00
Elephant
Elephant. Trunk up! Always good luck.
Price: $32.00
Amethyst Pendant
Striped amethyst gemstone pendant.
Price: $49.00
Pink Gemstone Pendant
Pink gemstone pendant.
Price: $49.00
Crystallized Gemstone Pendant
Crystallized gemstone pendant with brass tassels. (Green)
Price: $39.00
Crystalized Gemstone Pendant
Crystallized gemstone pendant with brass tassels.
Price: $39.00
Tooth Pendant
Shell tooth pendant
Price: $69.00
Cowry Shell Pendant
Yoruba cowrie shell pendant.
Price: $69.00




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Price: $39.00
Elephant Pendant
Elephant pendant, trunk up. Always good luck!
Price: $24.00
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Egyptian pendant w/hieroglyphics
Price: $24.00
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Dolphin Pendant
Dolphins at double play!
Price: $39.00
Elephant Pendant
Bone elephant pendant with the trunk up! Always good luck!
Price: $39.00
Hippo Pendant
Brass hippo pendant. Looks bullish!
Price: $49.00
Brass Bull Pendant
You mean, raging bull? He looks like it!
Price: $69.00
Snake
Sterling silver snake pendant.
Price: $125.00
Bone Elephant Head Pendant
Elephant head made of bone with trunk up. Always good luck!
Price: $49.00
Gem Stone Pendant
Gem stone pendant.
Price: $49.00
Gem Stone Pendant
Gem stone pendant.
Price: $49.00
Gem Stone Pendant
Gem stone pendant.
Price: $49.00
Gem Stone Pendant
Dark green pendant.
Price: $49.00
Gem Stone Pendant
Gem stone pendant.
Price: $49.00
Gem Stone Pendant
Gem stone pendant
Price: $49.00
Bone Pendant
Bone 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?
Price: $39.00
Elephant Pendant
Elephant, leather elephant, beautifully decorated. Trunk up! Always good luck.
Price: $32.00
Elephant Pendant
Wooden black elephant. Trunk up! Always good luck.
Price: $24.00



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Ethnographic writing on a pendant piece, instead of a tablet!
Price: $39.00
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Sign/symbol on a pendant
Price: $39.00
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Elephant Pendant
Elephant pendant. Trunk up, always good luck.
Price: $24.00
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Sign/symbols on a pendant
Price: $24.00
Cowry shell African image pendant
Cowry shell African image pendant for additional blessings.
Price: $39.00

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Hand of Fatima Pendant
Hand of Fatima or Hamsa, they are both supposedly protective. The cowrie shell on leather makes it even more special.
Price: $39.00
African Image Pendant
African image bone pendant.
Price: $39.00
Elephant Pendant
Brass elephant. Trunk up! Always good luck!
Price: $32.00
Turtle Pendant
Beautiful bone turtle pendant.
Price: $49.00
Brass Pendant
Vintage Igbo royal pendant. Coiled viper. Bronze with brass mix.
Price: $39.00
Silver and Moonstone Pendant
Sterling silver and moonstone pendant
Price: $69.00
Akuaba Bone Pendant
Beautiful Akuaba bone pendant
Price: $49.00
Small Turquoise Pendant
Small turquoise stones with a larger stone as a center piece.
Price: $24.00



Owl Pendant
Gorgeous owl. Who? Who? Looks at you with authority and mystique, doesn't it?
Price: $89.00
Moroccan Pendant
Vintage Moroccan pendant, of silver, coral, lapis and a green stone.
Price: $125.00
Lion Pendant
Large hand hammered Kenyan aluminum lion. Very stylish.
Price: $89.00
Giraffe Pendant
Large, gorgeous hand hammered Kenyan giraffe. Very elegant.
Price: $69.00
Vintage Moroccan Pendant
Vintage Moroccan pendant of lapis, coral and green a stone. All the A stones of the time! Still A stones!!
Price: $49.00
Turquoise Turtle
Turquoise turtle pendant.
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Brass elephant pendant, trunk up. Always good luck.
Price: $69.00
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Tuareg pendant with resin,which is believed to be amber.
Price: $149.00
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Silver elephant pendant, trunk up. Always good luck.
Price: $69.00
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Moroccan hand of Fatima, supposedly protective.
Price: $59.00
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Tuareg pendant
Price: $39.00



Bone Elephant Pendant
Bone elephant pendant. Trunk up. Always good luck!
Price: $24.00
Lion Pendant
Large, unusual and hammered leather pendant of the king!
Price: $89.00
Rhinoceros Pendant
Rare rhinoceros pendant. A bull to contend with!
Price: $49.00
Sandal Pendant
A child's leather sandal. Africans keep around for good luck!
Price: $30.00
Owl Pendant
Owl of unknown composition. Can an owl look sweet? 'Cause this one does and should bring joy to the wearer.
Price: $24.00
Leather Pendant
Leather pendant with cowrie shell. Circular or roundness in West African mythology has a connotation of being, ancestral or royal! This piece is further bolstered by having a cowrie shell.
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Rare Tuareg Pendant
Rare fantastic Tuareg pendant, in laid with a stone. Wonderful details, perhaps informing of its ownership and importance. Looks like a commissioned piece.
Price: $295.00
Rare Tuareg Pendant
Another fantastic Tuareg piece, in silver wrapped with what is believed to be ebony wood. Probably another commissioned piece.
Price: $195.00
Rare Tuareg Pendant
Fine fine Tuareg Pendant, of ebony wood inlaid in silver. Fine bears repeating! Probably another commissioned piece.
Price: $249.00
Round Silver Pendant
Hammered silver pendant. Lite wear.
Price: $39.00
Tuareg Cross Pendant
Silver Tuareg cross with ebony wood dusting. The Tuaregs were known to dust or decorate their jewelry, especially their silver pieces with ebony wood dusts.
Price: $135.00
Silver Pendant
Intricate designs showcases this piece. Sterling silver overlay pendant. Gorgeous.
Price: $135.00




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Vintage Moroccan Pendant
Vintage Moroccan pendant of lapis, coral and green stones. Quite memorable.
Price: $89.00
Dan Mask Pendant
Dan, Cote D'Voire Bronze Mask with ethnographic sign/symbols. Price break to your benefit. Was $695
Price: $249.00
Sterling silver and Amethyst Pendant
Sterling silver pendant with amethyst gem stone.
Price: $69.00
Mother and child Elephant Pendant
Mother and baby elephant duo. Baby nuzzling on Mom. Trunk up. Always good luck! In this case double luck!!
Price: $32.00
Elephant Pendant
Double sided elephant, inlaid with lapis and green gemstone and decorated with brass. The other side of the elephant is all brass, so you can wear either side.
Price: $49.00
Turquoise Pendant
Turquoise pendant.
Price: $24.00
Elephant Pendant
Bone elephant pendant. Trunk up. Always good luck!
Price: $39.00
Black Gem Stone Pendant
Black gemstone pendant, encased in silver.
Price: $59.00
Silver Shell Pendant
Fabulous silver shell pendant
Price: $89.00



Tooth Bone Pendant
Bone tooth. Tooth image pendants are regularly worn in Africa, perhaps identifying with animals who use their "tooth" as power and protection!
Price: $49.00
Tooth Bone Pendant
Bone tooth pendant
Price: $39.00
Batik Snake Pendant
Batik pendant simulating a viper. Snake including viper images are quite common in African jewelry and artwork. Perhaps because the snake is reluctant to strike, but for its own protection will strike non the less when threatened.
Price: $30.00
Igbo Royal Bead Pendant
Igbo royal bronze cast bead pendant. Of the genre worn by one of our models above.
Price: $39.00
Bronx/brass Leopard Pendant
Bronx/brass cheetah. Brass is lighter than bronze, which is of a heavy metallic constitution. Old Africans mixed bronze with brass to make it easier for casting. Objects made this way are more durable than those of just brass. Leos were graceful, caring and powerful animals and therefor were imaged a lot in every African artistry.
Price: $69.00
Tuareg Pendant
Tuareg silver panel of the older persuasion. Ethnographically decorated.
Price: $39.00





Vintage Igbo royal bead
Vintage Igbo royal bronze cast bead. Brass was added to the bronze mixture for easier casting and durability.
Price: $69.00
Vintagel Igbo royal bell
Bell Still Chimes!
Price: $89.00
Vintage Igbo Trade Bead
Used to be currency
Price: $65.00
Vintage Moroccan bead.
Vintage Moroccan bead
Price: $45.00
Kenyan Batiked Bone
Kenyan batiked bone. "And the stark geometric patterns which are indeed striking" Please see our bracelet page for Kenyan Batik bone write up.
Price: $24.00
Moroccan Amber Bead
Moroccan amber bead. Makes a fine pendant or to add to your bead collection.
Price: $35.00

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Yoruba Amulet
Yoruba medicinal amulet made of goat skin leather and cowrie shell
Price: $135.00
Symbolic pendant
Symbol pendant
Price: $49.00
Cross Pendant on Rope
Cross made of leather, brass and cowrie shell.
Price: $39.00
Djembe drum pendant
Drum pendant
Price: $49.00
Fulani necklace
Beautiful Fulani necklace
Price: $49.00

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Scarab Pendant
Green scarab.
Price: $39.00
Turtle
Turtle made of bone. It has a nice scaly decoration.
Price: $69.00
Scarab Pendant
Blue scarab
Price: $39.00
Small Egyptian Scarab Pendant
Small green scarab pendant
Price: $24.00
Africa Pendant
Wonderful pendant of Africa.
Price: $39.00
Hand of Fatima Pendant
Moroccan hand of Fatima or Hamsa, supposed to be protective!
Price: $39.00

Ethiopian Crosses

We do very well with our Ethiopian crosses and believe this is so because we know what you like, and shop only the finest traditional ones. You will find smaller type ones towards the top, and larger type ones (either commissioned, for leaders and/or people of higher status or the preference of those with means to purchase them) down below, towards the bottom of the page .

They are all hand made and therefor each is different, even when made by the same hand. People have always loved Ethiopian
crosses, perhaps because of the spirit of the people and their resilience, their uncompromising faith, their powerful history, the gentility of the people, the look of the crosses, or all of the above. We hope you too find much joy in these. Enjoy!
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Ethiopian Cross
Ethiopian Cross
Price: $89.00
Ethiopian Cross
Ethiopian Cross
Price: $89.00
Ethiopian Cross
Ethiopian Cross
Price: $89.00
Ethiopian Cross
Ethiopian Cross
Price: $89.00
Ethiopian Cross
Ethiopian Cross
Price: $89.00
Ethiopian Cross
Ethiopian Cross
Price: $89.00
Ethiopian Cross
Ethiopian Cross
Price: $89.00
Ethiopian Cross
Ethiopian Cross
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Larger pieces as discussed above.

Ethiopian Cross
Ethiopian cross.
Price: $135.00
Ethiopian Cross
Ethiopian cross.
Price: $135.00
Ethiopian Cross
Ethiopian cross.
Price: $135.00
Ethiopian Cross
Ethiopian cross.
Price: $135.00
Ethiopian Cross
Ethiopian cross
Price: $135.00
Ethiopian Cross
Ethiopian cross
Price: $135.00
Ethiopian Cross
Ethiopian cross
Price: $135.00
Ethiopian Cross
Ethiopian cross.
Price: $135.00
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