FarafinaPerlen

Necklaces, bracelets, earrings African-inspired

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Last updated on Apr 5, 2020

Have you already visited www.instagram.com/farafina_afro_perlen today?
There's a lot more jewelry to see. And you can get to know me even better!

You are only on Facebook ? Also there you can find me under www.facebook.com/farafinaperlenschmuck. I'm looking forward to seeing you!

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Inga Nagel

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About FarafinaPerlen

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Welcome to Farafina Pearl Jewelry

As a development worker, I have lived and worked in several African countries since the seventies. My private interest was in the rich culture of the peoples with whom I was a guest for decades. I was particularly fond of the traditional jewellery of the people.

Many of the old pearls that I use today to make my jewelry have been discovered at markets in Mali, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Togo or Benin. I drank tea with merchants among their treasures and heard stories about the production, origin and importance of the pearls.

It fascinated me that many pearls came to Africa as early as the 19th century from the glassworks of Bohemia and Veneto. During the colonial period, they served the Europeans – in addition to liquor and rifles – in exchange for the coveted goods of the then Gold Coast.
Over time, the colorful glass beads migrated across the continent, were combined with local amulets, gold, bronze and clay beads and integrated into local cultures in a variety of forms. They adorned kings and priestesses, were used for religious rituals and were often the most valuable possessions of simple peasant women and nomads.

I kept learning new things about the pearls and how they are made today. Here, tradition is combined with modernity. In West Africa, the caste of blacksmiths continues to work metals with ancient methods and thus seems to defy the change of time. At the same time, a flourishing craft developed, specializing in the production of pearls from recycled glass and natural materials such as clay, wood or coconut shells. With enthusiasm I watched Ghanaian craftsmen in the production of powder glass beads, followed the creation of bronze beads in Burkina Faso and got to know the metal forging of the Tuareg in Niger. When traveling to India, I was fascinated by pearls, which are used there for prayer chains. So each individual pearl has its own story.

A few years ago I returned to Germany. But I wanted to stay connected to my African past and connect it to my here and now. I began to create extraordinary pieces of jewelry and thus build a bridge between times and cultures. A piece of Asia also flowed into my African inspirations. In my handmade unique pieces there is a lot of love, universal energy and personal experience.

I hope you get involved in my fascinating world of pearls and find YOUR favorite piece!

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P.S.: I am happy to design your piece of jewellery according to your individual wishes. Just send me a message.

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