Ethnic Jewels

An appreciation of ethnic jewellery and adornment

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Protecting Our Global Heritage: Don't Buy Antiquities

Started this discussion. Last reply by Edith D Nov 29, 2017. 5 Replies

When I was in Tunis, I was offered antiquities for sale on a number of occasions.  As a heritage specialist, I know what treasure hunters do to graves and archaeological sites.  So I always refuse to…Continue

Collecting the Humble: (My two cents worth)

Started this discussion. Last reply by Chantal Aug 10, 2014. 69 Replies

Recently, it has come to my attention that some in our community think that only objects of the purest silver and gold are worth collecting.  People collect for many different reasons, and there is…Continue

Moshe Nemni, Reknowned Tunisian Silversmith

Started this discussion. Last reply by M.t.c.Janssen Jun 28, 2014. 11 Replies

Here is an interesting web site with a short article about Moshe Nemni and a video of a Tunisian silversmith working.…Continue

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Les Costumes Traditionnels Feminins de Tunisie

Started this discussion. Last reply by Edith D Jun 1, 2012. 1 Reply

I am currently searching for a copy of a book entitled "Les Costumes Traditionnels Feminins de Tunisie" by Aziza Ben Tanfous (ca. 1970).  If anyone has seen a copy of this book for sale, I would be…Continue

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Edith D replied to Ann's discussion My Mystery Necklace
"Mystery solved!"
yesterday
Edith D replied to Ann's discussion My Mystery Necklace
"Well, not to muddy the waters, but India may still be a possibility.   Uttar Pradesh has a large Muslim population, and the star and crescent does appear in the jewelry.  Here is a head ornament from that region."
Saturday
Ann commented on Edith D's blog post In Memory of C'est Magnifique
"I'll bet anything this was the shop that put a dagger in my heart in the 80's when I went to New York. I was there to show my jewelry on Barney's open buying day and a hurricane shut all of Manhattan down. My friend had taken me on an…"
Feb 14
Edith D replied to Ann's discussion My Mystery Necklace
"Another thought is perhaps Turkey?  The filigree is sometimes found in Turkish jewelry, and the closure is consistent with examples of mesh-filigree bracelets."
Feb 14
Edith D replied to Ann's discussion My Mystery Necklace
"This is an impressive piece!  I have never seen a necklace like this, but if I were to take a wild guess, I would say “India”."
Feb 14
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"Robot" Earrings from Maluku

"The fabric kills me! I just love that touch. They are really neat. I've never seen anything like them. How nice too that you got a pair of the quality you deserve! "
Feb 13
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"Robot" Earrings from Maluku

"Thanks!  You are correct in that vertically symmetrical designs are a common theme in much of the regional tribal art, and this is not unlike the type of symmetry found in Art Deco. The earrings above are meant as a fertility symbol and…"
Feb 13
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"Robot" Earrings from Maluku

"Great earrings! They look very Art Deco industrial to me. :-)"
Feb 13
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Riti Knei Bracelet from Timor

"I would say that it is “vintage” since there appear to be some worn areas.  But it is not necessarily ancient.  I already had one of these that I bought at about half the price.  I think this one has slightly more silver…"
Feb 12
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Tihama Bracelets

"Thanks for your comments!  The Yemeni connection is certainly interesting.  When I worked in southern Yemen I visited a city called Tarim, which has a close connection to Indonesia since the families there have intermarried with people…"
Feb 12
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Riti Knei Bracelet from Timor

"I wonder wether you are still visiting the Surabay street market in jakarta? have you met with the dealer with the most of jewels? There is a mostly silverware gallery selling some nice old jewels near the backpacker neighbourhood that you may want…"
Feb 12
Alaa eddine SAGID commented on Edith D's photo
Feb 12
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Tihama Bracelets

"I have this book and i barely noticed this page. Your remark is spot on regarding the Yemeni connection and i bet you had (or soon will) find a lots of the yemeni classical blacelets on offer and labelled as either Javanese or South Sumatra…"
Feb 12
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Tihama Bracelets

"What a surprise to find these bracelets listed as “Indonesian” from Timor!....This description is from Richter and Carpenter’s book “Gold Jewellery of the Indonesian Archipelago “.  I think they are only partially…"
Feb 9
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Javanese Glass Beads

These and many more varieties of NEW beads can be purchased at the Gem Market in Jakarta Berat. The large blue Jatim beads (about 10cm dia.) were on sale for 100,000 IDR (less than $10 USD) for the strand of 6 with spacer beads.
Feb 7
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Hair Pins from Central Java

"The motif inside the arc is called “semanggi” (“clover”) and symbolizes the three phases of life."
Feb 6

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At 21:59 on September 18, 2011, SARAH CORBETT said…

Hi Edith, I am delighted to welcome you to the ethnic jewels website.

I hope that you will enjoy browsing the content here, and getting to know the members of the community.

Warmest wishes

Sarah

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A Visit to the Jade Market in Hong Kong

Posted on October 24, 2017 at 4:20 6 Comments

When visiting Hong Kong, a visit to the Jade Market on Kansu Street (near Tin Hau Temple) is highly recommended.  You will see a bit of local color and if you are not bothered by aggressive sales tactics, it is a fun outing. Yes, there are a lot of tourists, but local Hong Kong residents also buy here (although I…

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New Books on Tunisian Jewelry

Posted on October 6, 2017 at 4:08 16 Comments

When I lived in Tunisia, I frequented Monsieur Moncef Helioui's shop on many occassions.  He and his brother have a dusty, yet wonderful little shop on the Rue Jamiya Zetouna in the old Medina.  They are descendants of Ahmed Helioui, a well known 20th century silver smith in Tunis.

I have a number of items in my collection that were purchased from the Freres Helioui.  Shortly before I left Tunisia, Monsieur Moncef told me about a book that he was writing.  I was very delighted to come…

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In Memory of C'est Magnifique

Posted on May 18, 2017 at 7:00 3 Comments

Recently I learned that my favorite store in Greenwich Village has closed.  Along with the death of David Bowie, this was another cultural loss to mark the passing of my youth.  Back in the 1980s I sported spiked hair, purple lipstick and a pair of black shoes with silver skull buckles.  I always walked around with a…

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