- 90% brass, 10% zirconia
- Chain length approx. 96 cm
- Length of extension approx. 9 cm
- Length of the pendant approx. 9 cm
- Width of the pendant approx. 5 cm
Moroccan inspiration painted with light
Created from metal, traditional Moroccan lamps impress with their precision craftsmanship and rich ornamentation. The intricate, lace-like structures are created entirely by hand by artists in local workshops. One of the most recognizable symbols of this energizing African country, they scatter beams of light in a way that evokes a mixture of awe and disbelief. Thousands of shimmering reflections make you feel like you've been transferred to an African desert under a starry sky. Anna Orska, inspired by this view, decided to capture it in jewelry forms. Learning the secrets of metalwork under the guidance of master craftsmen, she designed the Morocco collection. These two seemingly very distant crafts were united by the precision and attention to detail that actually make metalwork a technique very similar to jewelry making.
The Hand of Fatima – long necklace with ancient symbol
The long necklace was handmade from brass. The pendant in the shape of the Hand of Fatima was created in a local Moroccan atelier. The five-fingered hand richly decorated with floral motifs in the ORSKA atelier was additionally adorned with blue zirconias in a contrasting gold setting. The whole piece was suspended on a chain with a dense weave and oxidized to emphasize the relief and deepen the play of light and shadow. Two additional blue zirconias in minimalist brass forms were attached to the chain, making the whole design look cohesive and stylish. Thanks to the skillful combination of contrasting accents, the necklace with an ethnic character was given a contemporary, European touch.
The necklace can be worn shorter or longer, thanks to the possibility of fastening at two lengths. Striking jewelry will make the biggest impression when combined with colorful outfits inspired by the streets of Marrakech. With a rainbow of colors and a mix of patterns you will get the most expressive looks. The necklace likes the company of airy fabrics, but it will work well not only in the summer closet. It will also be a great addition to thick sweaters or soft scarves.
The Hand of Fatima, the Hand of Miriam, the Hand of Mary – a symbol across cultures
The Hamsa, or five-fingered hand, is a popular symbol, particularly significant in Arab countries and in Israel. Depending on the cultural circle in which it functions, it is also called the hand of Fatima, referring to the daughter of Muhammad; the hand of Miriam, referring to the daughter of Moses and even the hand of Mary, the mother of Jesus. Hamsa is a protective sign found in amulets that are supposed to defend the owner from the “evil eye,” curses and unfavorable powers. It is also supposed to endow the wearer with goodness, harmony and abundance. Although there is evidence that the origin of this ancient symbol was not linked to any religion, many modern beliefs use and reinterpret it. In Islamic culture, for example, it symbolizes the five pillars of the Muslim faith, or the five most important figures of Islam. In Christianity, on the other hand, it is a symbolic representation of God’s all-powerful, protective hand.