Vintage Berber khamsa necklace with a Rihanna or Rihana chain and a khamsa pendant from Tunisia. Each link on this chain is made by hand and soldered shut then hammered to a flat shape. It is typically Tunisian. The pendant is a khamsa, a hand of Fatima worn by women to protect themselves from evil spirits and envy. Both the chain and the pendant are 800 silver and have the "tête de nègre" silver punch mark which was used 1905-1942. The chain does not have a closure, but is a slip on that can be worn single or double ply. If you want to wear it closer to the neck (triple ply), you have to introduce a closure. The necklace is in great condition.
- The hand pendant is 6.5 x 4 cm (2 1/2 x 1 5/8").
- The chain is 127 cm (50") long.
- The individual links are around 1.7 cm or 3/4" in diameter.
- Weight is 118 grams.