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Join this informal and friendly forum to learn about, show and discuss traditional and vintage ethnic jewels - age, provenance, region. Do ask any questions you have by uploading a photo or a discussion. We have a massive searchable data base of over 20,000 images in the gallery to support your research. If you add your own photos to the site, please tag them so that others can use them for research too.

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Cordelia Donohoe commented on Susi Johnston's album
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Selected ancient bead necklaces in my collections

"Very attractive collection, thanks for posting, Suzi"
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Cordelia Donohoe replied to Cordelia Donohoe's discussion Sri Lankan Pin mistaken for Spanish or Portugese rose cut stones FB discussion
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Sri Lankan Pin mistaken for Spanish or Portugese rose cut stones FB discussion

Happy to share my new find ,need a repair though :).. Antique Spanish or Portuguese gilt silver pin with rose cut stones (they did not test for diamonds but electronically tested between Spinel and Topaz ... I think it dates between 1760's -1800's .. Please let me know your thoughts ... they are greatly appreciated .See More
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Cordelia Donohoe commented on Cordelia Donohoe's photo
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Bulgarian temporal 19th C

"That is interesting Joost, I was quite surprised to be informed that no silver was ever used. Although that collection has actually been x ray tested and is definitely metal. I have Scandinavian and Greek items that I will upload later."
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Joost Daalder commented on Cordelia Donohoe's photo
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Bulgarian temporal 19th C

"Some of the pieces do look as though they are made of a silver alloy, and it has been firmly established that a number of those that superficially look like not containing any silver at all actually do. I am not implying that non-silver items were…"
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Thelma commented on Cordelia Donohoe's photo
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Bulgarian temporal 19th C

"What a great experience Cordelia. Thanks for putting up some of the photos you took. I love this one. But when I saw it, I couldn't help feeling the urge to go and find my silver cloth. Did you ask the curator about the way they stored their…"
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Mustafa J. Salem commented on Peter Hoesli's photo
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Bracelets - Saudi Arabia

" Fancy pair Peter. They look solid ' not hollow' like the other pair you showed... These must be quite old as well  as  in the last few decades girls in that area tend to wear more gold than silver... I believe..."
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Mustafa J. Salem commented on Peter Hoesli's photo
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Armlets - Saudi Arabia

"These are lovely pieces Peter. They look very much worn and repaired which means that they have been used for quite some time. Very nice to have these Peter though I remember that you have posted sometime ago some similar pieces if I am not…"
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Edith D commented on Cordelia Donohoe's photo
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Leonor Arnó commented on Cordelia Donohoe's photo
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Leonor Arnó commented on Cordelia Donohoe's photo
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Chinese mother of pearl disc pendants

"This is the way they are worn:"
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Edith D commented on Cordelia Donohoe's photo
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Closed Btoula

"Thanks for your answer! I agree that this is a question of more than just the jewelry! Archaeologists have a fancy term for this sort of cultural overlay when looking at layers...."palimpsest". I guess it applies to jewelry as well!"
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A fine pair of high quality gold bracelets from the Minangkabau, Sumatra, Indonesia

"You are right, Linda - the pieces are quite comparable. Ours too are 22 karat.  All three are characteristically made by the Minangkabau, and of very high quality both in being made of the highest quality gold that can in practice be used, and…"
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Alaa eddine SAGID commented on Edith D's photo
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Closed Btoula

"I have had the same issue withe Sugier's assertion and would second your reserves. As to your feeling towards the bold berber connection which is often met in books and on the ground (market), i guess it has a lot to do with both a deep…"
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Penny book

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A technical question.

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