Wearing necklaces of intense colors has been part of the culture of many peoples for centuries, especially tribal ones, for whom form, materials and colors often have a specific tradition and meaning. The jewels in addition to giving beauty to women, are also powerful amulets.
Berber women combine amber and coral, whose intense red is a symbol of warmth and life force, with glass beads, enamelled silver and coins. Instead the Masai women, in Kenya, are characterized by strong and vivid colors. made with infinite patience and a surprising amount of beads, while the Indians are covered with long strands of glass beads or semi-bright colors, shells and metal buttons. The "trade beads", so called because they were produced in Europe, particularly in Venice and used as a bargaining chip to buy goods in Africa.
Many of these necklaces have a long history and the precious objects that often form them have traveled from one country to another.