Ethnic Jewels

An appreciation of ethnic jewellery and adornment

These are my Ethiopian telsums. Most of them I collected as single pieces, some were given to me by members of Ethnic Jewels. The loose ones in the middle are recent additions, which I will sooner or later integrate with the others. I did not collect them in order to have here a well balanced necklace, but to have many different kinds.

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Comment by Eva Baby on October 5, 2013 at 23:04

Hi Ingrid, I do not know for sure, as I  never opened one (I would not dare).... but I have some leather rolls, also closed, which contain some protective scripts, they say. Also These, I have never opened. It is a matter of believing or not believing....!  My husband used to wear a Tuareg tcherot during years, he was convinced it would protect him..... until something serious happened. Since then he does not wear it anymore. These things cannot be proven. I have an old used Prayer book from Ethiopia, I treasure it highly. But protection? Who knows...........?


Comment by ingrid Langerak on October 5, 2013 at 22:32

Yes Eva, you might be right. it maybe called merghcaf.  I received a couple of these necklaces (3)  with all these small boxes worn on one string not mixed with telsums.  They do not hold prayers as many people  think.  Inside there is only a piece of charcoal to prevent it from denting.   To get a protective value is when a priest has been blessing it with several prayers.

Comment by Eva Baby on October 5, 2013 at 21:48

@Thanks Ingrid. Nice to know. I received them from someone here. Perhaps they are not telsums, but have another name e.g. merghaf? I don't know. Nice to know that they are from the Gondar Region, I did not know. Do I understand it correctly,  they should not be combined with the small telsums?

Comment by ingrid Langerak on October 5, 2013 at 21:01

Eva I still would like to comment on the telsums with the bells.  These come on one string, just  the boxes(with bells) worn short and I think it is from around Gondar.

Comment by Eva Baby on October 5, 2013 at 16:34

@Ingrid, Thank you! I just saw there are some more Pictures from you with telsums, have to look

at them!

Comment by ingrid Langerak on October 5, 2013 at 15:56

Eva Baby, looking great. you have just combined the different ethnic people together. Actually just as they live. They live as good neighbours and friends,but do not marry each other.  Also many necklaces worn by the traditional (often countryside) women, do add all kind of finds onto their necklaces. I have seen, buttons, bicycle glass etc. specially if they like the object and it fits with their colors. So your result looks,wild, warm and joi de vivre(?) Love it.

Comment by Eva Baby on October 5, 2013 at 13:32

I could not resist to take another photo with the new additions.  I hope not to go on anyone's nerves... but sometimes the enthusiasm is very big........!

Comment by Betty on October 5, 2013 at 11:35

Thanks very much for your kind words, Eva. Let me take the opportunity to say thank you for your very welcoming and inclusive approach which has greatly helped "newbies" like me to feel at home. As for learning experience I couldn't agree more. This is a fantastic place to learn something new and fascinating every day ...

Comment by Eva Baby on October 5, 2013 at 9:09

@thank you Preethi. I must confess that I like the type of necklace called "well-balanced" (with the same type of telsums all around, it does look very nice, especially to wear). I would also like to know (the question you wrote under Ingrid's beaufiful necklace) whether crosses make sometimes part of such necklaces in general, or whether this was a personal decision. It is nice to discuss on These items and get the most possible info about them! Love that.

Comment by Preethi on October 5, 2013 at 8:56

A lovely, interesting assortment Eva. It'll make an unconventional, eye-catching necklace, with every bead bringing in its own story.



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