Bridal Gifts

Bridal Gifts

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  1. Jlita BraceletJlita Bracelet

    Jlita Bracelet

    In their youths, Tunisian women from the generation born before 1940 would never have removed this classic silver bracelet. The simplicity and elegance of the piece are matched only by the comfort with which it sits on the hand. The clasp mechanism is also both practical and graceful, using a tastefully hidden silver rod to hold the bracelet on your wrist.
  2. Solid-Silver AppleSolid-Silver Apple

    Solid-Silver Apple

    This solid-silver apple has been elaborately decorated according to traditional Tunisian engraving techniques. The piece can be twisted and pulled apart into halves, revealing a secret internal compartment where Tunisian brides use to store store cosmetic products.
  3. Large Filigreed-Silver AppleLarge Filigreed-Silver Apple

    Large Filigreed-Silver Apple

    Elaborately and delicately designed using the ancient silver-ornamentation process of filigree, this apple was carefully wrought by five artisans over the course of two weeks. Traditionally given to Tunisian brides as a place to store their blasher, the silver apple can serve as an elegant container for jewelry, cosmetics, or other precious items. With a simple twist, the apple can open into two halves to reveal an internal container.
  4. Filigreed-Silver TaffelaFiligreed-Silver Taffela

    Filigreed-Silver Taffela

    This silver tafela serves as a holder for tfal, a clay long used to wash the body in Tunisian hammam’s. According to custom, brides- and grooms-to-be will tote a tafela along to hammam-session that is indispensable part of the traditional Tunisian wedding. The modern Tunisian household will often use the piece as a nice decorative dish from which serve sugar when a special guest comes for coffee.
  5. Filigreed Mabkhra with Red StonesFiligreed Mabkhra with Red Stones

    Filigreed Mabkhra with Red Stones

    In Tunisian culture, the mrach and the mabkhra go hand in hand. They are two inseparable items, indispensable to any household that wants to equip itself for hosting guests. This large and elegant silver mabkhra, made using the ancient and complicated process of filigree, has been decorated with tiny red stones and is just the type used in the most important Tunisian religious ceremonies like the soulameya in which the piece is employed to burn the aromatic substance called bkhour. Gently pull the top to open and fill the mabkhra.
  6. Filigreed-Silver MrachFiligreed-Silver Mrach

    Filigreed-Silver Mrach

    In the ancient city of Kairouan, workers at the oldest Tunisian mosque, use a rose-water filled mrach just like this one salute those who have come to worship at the end of Friday prayer. This silver mrach can serve to welcome your welcome guests into your home on special days or to add some precious drops of zhar (rosewater) to your Turkish coffee. You can twist off the top piece to fill the mrach.
  7. Mabkhra with Gold Plated ChouchouMabkhra with Gold Plated Chouchou

    Mabkhra with Gold Plated Chouchou

    This classic silver piece is known as a mabkhra in Arabic and is used for burning incense, a practice that, according to Tunisian tradition, has long been thought to keep away evil spirits and rid a place of bad vibes. It is often employed when moving into a new home or preparing a place for special festivities, especially religious ones like soulemeya or Hezb Latif. If you pull gentle on the top to open the piece, it can be filled with hot embers, which are then sprinkled with incense and swung around a room. This mabkhra has been decorated with the age-old silverworking process of filigree and is often filled with the traditional aromatic incense called bkhour.
  8. Mrach with Gold-Plated ChouchouMrach with Gold-Plated Chouchou

    Mrach with Gold-Plated Chouchou

    Those who go to pray on Friday at the ancient Kairouan mosque are bid adieu with an anointment of rosewater served from a silver mrach just like this one. Elaborately rendered using the complicated silverworking process called filigree, this mrach is a classic Tunisian design. In this case the silversmith has decorated the device with an ornamental chouchou plated with gold. This top piece twists off, so you can fill the vessel with rosewater or liquid sugar.
  9. Filgreed-Silver Lamp Filgreed-Silver Lamp

    Filgreed-Silver Lamp

    This lamp made using the ancient and arduous silverworking process of filigree was an essential feature of the bedrooms of the Beys, the Ottoman rulers of Tunisia in centuries past. The lamp’s shade was made from fiigree wire, adorned with gold-plated silver-wire spirals, and designed to recall the characteristic windows of the picturesque seaside Tunis suburb of Sidi Bousaid. The base resembles the roots of a tree, which signifies tranquility and grounding.
  10. Filigreed-Silver Apple with Gold AccentsFiligreed-Silver Apple with Gold Accents

    Filigreed-Silver Apple with Gold Accents

    This one-of-a-kind silver apple with gold-plated accents, is made with the extremely arduous process of filigree. The master silversmith has also decorated the apple using the complicated technique known as repoussé. Once a must-have item for the zhez, or the kit of little luxuries given to Tunisian brides-to-be, the statuette was used to store eyeshadow and other makeup. Today, the apple, adorned with gold-plated silver, can serve as an elegant jewelry box or a simple mantlepiece decoration. Twist the apple and it opens into two halves to reveal an internal compartment. The piece comes in three sizes: small, medium, and large.

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