Mother of Pearl Brooch - Camel

Mother of Pearl Brooch – Camel


This beautiful brooch is handcrafted by Bethlehem’s local artisans according to the age-old Palestinian tradition of carving Mother of Pearl.

Camels are symbols of humility, willingness to serve and stubbornness. In medieval art and sculpture, the camel was used to represent humility and the willingness to bear another’s burden; largely because camels are trained to kneel down to receive heavy loads. Wearing this camel will serve as a reminder to remain humble and follow Apostle Paul’s call for Christians to carry each other’s burdens.

Due to the nature of Mother of Pearl each items is unique. The item you receive will not be identical to the picture you see. However we can guarantee that they will be very beautiful.

For more information please also read the description below.

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In Palestine camels are used mostly by Bedouins, nomadic people of the desert. They are jokingly referred to as desert Ferraris. Camels can travel great distances across hot deserts with little food or water. They walk easily on soft sand where trucks would get stuck, and they carry people and heavy loads to places that have no roads. Wearing this brooch can be a great reminder of Jesus’ call to serve those who are struggling to survive in situations of need.

About this Traditional Palestinian Craft

The making of jewellery and decorative items from Mother of Pearl is perhaps Bethlehem’s oldest and most established industry. The practice supposedly came to Bethlehem in the 15th century with the arrival of Franciscan friars. Locals mastered the art and made a modest living selling handmade items to the many pilgrims who streamed into Bethlehem. Traditionally, the sea shells and abalone were brought in from the Port of Aqaba on the Red Sea. However, now they are imported from Australia, California, New Zealand, and Brazil. Palestinian Christians, particularly the Zoughbi family in Bethlehem, have often received international recognition for their mastery of this art form.


Additional information

Weight 0.013 kg
Dimensions 2.5 × 3 cm

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