In honor of the great Elhadji Koumama, Jeweler of the Desert, we created new pieces with elements his family has been forging for generations.
The Tuareg only work in silver for it is considered the metal of the Prophet Mohammed. Thought to bring good luck, the Tuareg create their pieces through a method of lost wax casting-each element is made one by one by hand. See a video of Elhadji at work here– even his voice is beautiful.
The best part? You can meet Elhdji Koumama if you happen to be going to the Santa Fe International Folk Art Festival this weekend. Let me know if you get a chance to meet him- you will be struck by his quiet love of jewels, and his fervent pride of such a solid tradition.