Ethnic Jewels

An appreciation of ethnic jewellery and adornment

Jamey D. Allen
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Javanese Palangi Bead

"Dear Edith, I have studied and documented the contemporary Javanese glass industry since their products first appeared in the US marketplace in the late 1980s.  I have seen imitations and reproductions of ancient beads evolve from clumsy and…"
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Posted on April 16, 2014 at 7:31 39 Comments

I'm going to post a series of photographs of work I have pursued over the past thirty years, during which time I have made quite a few necklaces from Tibetan/Himalayan elements.  I will begin with earlier pieces and proceed to some great necklaces made in recent years.  Jamey

New Moroccan Faux Amber Bead Necklaces

Posted on October 29, 2013 at 5:27 8 Comments

Since I recently read about a new class of faux amber beads from Morocco, I have been looking forward to seeing them in real life.

This past weekend I attended the Bead Society Bazaar in Los Angeles, and one of my friends who sells beads had several necklaces of these beads.  (I am assuming these are the same as those being discussed, since I have not seen these beads before.)  Although I thought they were expensive, I was interested in buying a necklace, and selected the one that was…


Some Information About Amber And Copal

Posted on July 6, 2011 at 13:10 11 Comments

Dear Bead Friends,


I have read through the dialogue pertaining to a strand of amber beads.  It is a curious situation, that these beads were found in Burma--and yet they are not clearly Burmese amber nor Baltic amber.  It is also quite unlikely that they are copal.  Since I can only see a portion of the strand in the photograph posted, I am not confident that I can provide an answer that is dependable.  I’d like to add some general information…


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At 17:49 on October 16, 2017, Nawang said…
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At 10:29 on July 23, 2014, Lloyd Graham said…

Hi Jamey, I'm happy to (try to) answer any questions that you may have about the talismanic rings paper. Cheers, Lloyd.

At 10:32 on April 26, 2014, Thelma said…

Dear Jamey,

That would be very interesting. I'm afraid you probably know a lot more than I do. But there are questions in my mind. I agree that I have seen some skeypuks which look as though they have been put together for the Western market. Some look really new and strange. But there are others which look much older and more used .. Mine for instance, has all these signs of wear .. and has a couple of repairs ... one of the stones is glued on and the tied has been repaired. And what is this black substance which is found at the back on the material and on the stones. It looks like solidified oil. I just have the feeling that if it is a fake, it is very deliberately faked. With some of the others, I agree they could simply have been made for the market.

I would be very interested to know what happened when Oppi Untracht was writing his book!

One thing I should have said at the beginning is how much I like your jewellery. I'm so glad you showed it. It is inspired and very beautiful. Thanks very much for letting us see it.

Warm regards,


PS. I'll include a photo of my skeypuk

At 18:07 on January 3, 2013, Jonathan Saturen said…

Hi Jamey- Thanks so much for your quick reply on the amber beads! Yes I am aware that there was pre-columbian amber beads found in South America, in fact I have a reference from J. Alden Mason in his ARCHEOLOGY of SANTA MARTA COLOMBIA- THE TAIRONA CULTURE, 1922- about his finding them near Santa Marta. I have also seen the new amber from Colombia, the only difference between these & those are these are bow drilled from each side rather than drilled straight through the way the new ones are. I did find another post on line with simular beads as these, but with designs on them that are being called Chavin amber from Peru, but I have to question all that, as I think they were procured from the same seller as mine. I am more familiar with antique amber beads from the Middle East, that are like you say, darkened with time and more beat up than these. Anyway, thanks so much for your comments and if you don't mind I would welcome any photos you might have of other old Pre-columbian amber. Best  Regards & Happy New Year! - Jonathan Saturen

At 4:50 on January 3, 2013, Jonathan Saturen said…

Hello Jamie- Sarah told me you may possibly be able to ID some amber beads for me, I bought a lot of 11 pre-columbian necklaces, and these amber beads which I didn't recognize, were in with the rest- most of which were pre-columbian, they claimed they were all Moche Pre-columbian beads, but these don't look that old to me, but they could have been well preserved in the dry desert there. Have you ever seen these before? I have more photos if that helps......Thanks you so much for your time and effort. Best  Wishes - Jonathan

At 15:19 on November 14, 2011, Anna Garner said…

Thank you for adding me as a friend.  I am always looking for knowledgeable friends.  


At 21:06 on August 22, 2011, Mary Ellen Kramer said…
Can you please tell me what you know about this necklace.  I was told it was given to Gabrielle Liese when she opened the Bead Museum here in Prescott.  Thank you, Mary Ellen
At 14:31 on June 30, 2011, SARAH CORBETT said…


Hi jamey, your expertise would be greatly appreciated in this post.

Warm wishes


At 7:14 on June 15, 2011, manish khavadiya said…
we are collectors & dealers of gypsy textile antiques & jewellery from south and central India.we are looking for buyers collectors for the same kindly feel free to contact us.kindly add us to your network.we can also mail you the pictures of original antique check our profile it has some great pictures.
kindly visit us when you come to new Delhi,India
At 11:55 on May 16, 2011, SARAH CORBETT said…

Hi Jamey,

Thank you for the feedback re colour schemes, I agree! I have made some changes...what do you think.......?

Warmest wishes





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