Trendspotting: Middle Eastern Jewelry


A few weeks back, I was reading The Glamourai when I spotted this photo of Kelly Framel.  To my complete surprise, I loved her necklace.  The large pendants, different textures, the bright colors, the antique-y vibe, I loved everything about it.  Which was weird since large jewelry and tribal-inspired pieces aren’t really my thing. 

Framel had a few similarly pieces for sale in her jewelry line, but of course, those sold out almost immediately.  This left me scouring the Interwebs for something similar. Here is what I found:

Bedouin Tribal Necklace (Etsy, $175)

This necklace is probably the closest to the one in the photo above: three pendants, beaded cording, etc. Luckily, it looks like the multi-colored pom-poms can probably be removed.  And it looks like, if the buyer wanted to, the shield pendants could be removed and placed on another chain.  I’m thinking a braided silk cord.

Moroccan Necklace with Bakelite Beads (Etsy, $155)

If you’re looking for something with subtle sophistication but all the punch of the original, I like this Bakelite pendant.  It’s simpler but just as impactful.  Plus, the earthy tones will make it more versatile than the pendant above. 

Vintage Afghan Kuchi Necklace (Etsy, $75)

I don’t know if I’ve ever seen so much lapis on a single piece of jewelry.  After a good cleaning, this necklace would make a fabulous addition to any wardrobe.  For myself, I’d have a professional put it on a longer cord since collar necklaces tend to overwhelm my small collarbones.  (I’m long torsoed but only from the underwire down.)  But the design is truly spectacular.

My newly acquired love for Middle Eastern necklaces is proof that you never know which trends might catch your eye.  So break out of the rut and try something new.  Push comes to shove, you can always sell what you don’t like on eBay.



  1. Dr. Jean Grey says:

    I'd be curious to see it on someone, but don't think I can carry it off. So much of it looks too artsy-crafty to me. But the last one could be OK

    June 29, 2011/Reply
  2. Sam says:

    LOVE everything about this trend. I'm happy to see more eclectic pieces in mainstream fashion.

    June 29, 2011/Reply
  3. Broads of the Beltway says:

    I've seen plenty of necklaces like that at Eastern Market.

    June 29, 2011/Reply
  4. moss says:

    Be careful: A lot of brass contains lead! I had to stop wearing some beloved beads from Africa that I had. My ring from Afghanistan turned my finger green. These are pretty items but the quality is not that great.

    June 29, 2011/Reply
  5. gingerr says:

    That necklace is great on the striped shirt, but on it's own does not appeal to me at all.

    It's good to see these things styled up.

    June 29, 2011/Reply
  6. r says:

    I just bought a necklace similar to the last piece–though very scaled down! I love it– not only is it a conversation piece, but it really jazzes up otherwise boring outfits (aka a plain black jersey dress) when I'm feeling lazy!

    June 29, 2011/Reply
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    I love the model's sunglasses. What style is that?

    June 30, 2011/Reply
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    June 30, 2011/Reply