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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. 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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Moroccan silver pin with tassels

"These are so pretty!"
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Edith D commented on Edith D's blog post New Books on Tunisian Jewelry
"Thanks Everyone for the comments and photos!  It is really great to see more examples of this interesting piece being worn!"
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Ethnic Embellishments commented on Edith D's blog post New Books on Tunisian Jewelry
"I have always though that the "holga" resembles the ancient Egyptian "shen" symbol."
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Alaa eddine SAGID commented on Edith D's blog post New Books on Tunisian Jewelry
"The one i was talking about from Sugier's book. It does seem the "Holga" does not fasten or tighten the belt proper, but is attached to the belt more like a waist adornment hanging, so not used in a practical way, only on the…"
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Jose M. Pery commented on Edith D's blog post New Books on Tunisian Jewelry
"I was screening the web I have found a picture ("triage") of a Tunisian couple where the woman seems to be wearing a "holga". The picture is not very good but I believe that is quite plausible. Although it does not allow much…"
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Gilt Silver Beads - Balinese

"Thanks Toya!  I could not find these in any widely available books (similar work appears in a local Indonesian tourism publication I borrowed from someone).  I know that the silver work in Bali was not begun until mid 20th century, and…"
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Gilt Silver Beads - Balinese

"These are beautiful beads! They are clearly old, but the designs do resemble new silver ones from Bali."
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Gilt Silver Beads - Balinese

"So, there is very little published about Balinese jewelry that is not related to tourism brochures.  Bruce Carpenter just skips anything on the island of Java or Bali.  The Balinese craftsmen apparently love granulation.  The…"
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Gilt Silver Beads - Sumatra?

"This obsession with granulation on the clasp may also be a clue...."
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Edith D replied to Edith D's discussion Protecting Our Global Heritage: Don't Buy Antiquities
"Another case of abuse!!! http://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-42109046 YIKES!"
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Wayang Kulit Shadow Puppet

"And here are some antique bracelets from Sulawesi with a similar motif...."
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Wayang Kulit Shadow Puppet

"Detail of the puppet's foot showing the naga ("dragon-serpent") motif:"
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Hair Pins from Central Java

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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 2 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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