thanks, do you use or wear your pieces? It's nice when people use them, although the long ear ornaments are a bit hard sometimes I wear some on each side of coats. Do you look at pinterest? I have more there posted of various interests of mine. If you do have an account, go to pinterest and type in my name, you'll find my boards. I have picked up more clients on that sight then this one for some reason. It is a different following. I like this sight since it allows us to view private collections and talk about pieces and ask questions. I wish more of the viewers would get involved and show items. The earring pieces you listed are quite nice ones and they are older ones then mostly seen on the market now. There are allot of fakes that look real. I stopped talking about it a while back as a dealer got miffed with me calling some of the items out. Not his things but in general. i don't think it's good not to talk about age if one is paying for it especially. The new fakes are also not cheap and it's hurt the market. That Met book is a disaster. I wrote the director of the museum about it and told him and listed which pieces were new. He followed up with me and I had hoped to have a forum there at the museum about the jewelry however I think it's too much egg on the face. I knew the collectors and they used to buy carpets and textiles from my x they never would show me their collection which i thought was strange while they were preparing for the book. I know why now. Anyway keep on posting would be nice to see your things. take care
The "bakelite test" is usually found pretty reliable as the smell is strong and distinctive (unlike other smells). So there is indeed a good chance that that is the material involved. And I am delighted that we should both be Milene Rust fans. She sees me as "her best critic", in that she feels that - as a lover of both ethnic jewellery and contemporary - I understand better than most what she tries to achieve and can articulate that. I don't know that there aren't others who can do that, but she assures me it's very unusual. So in these two areas she and I share a close interest. As well, we often like the same things outside these areas as well - including jazz musicians, even! So we get on very well - but she was careful about buying the book, and I was delighted she really liked it, for she is certainly critical if she dislikes something, and you'd get told!! Thanks for your message, and warm regards, - Joost
Luda, - That's wonderful. I am delighted, in more than one way. Above all that you like the book so much; then perhaps that you were inspired to buy it by Milene giving it the thumbs up, whom we both obviously admire so much. And then, last but not least, that you should be an Australian to boot, which always gives me a good feeling anyway (this is my adoptive country) but not least when, in it, I find someone who shares my appetite for the visual arts and notably ethnic jewellery. We have a great deal in common here, and that gives me a really joyous feeling!! A question: how did you get to know Milene, and where did you see her give it the thumbs up? Was that on "Ethnic Jewellery and Adornment" on Facebook?? If you are already a fan there I don't need to persuade you and e.g. point out that is actually uses many images NOT found in Truus's book. I just hope that others will see our correspondence too, for that might be inspirational. Although perhaps not that many people here need to be inspired with love for the subject which brings us together on this occasion; but not all know the FB page, and I am trying to persuade more people to buy the book, so it would be good for Truus and me if other posters here know of your and Milene's approval! Anyway, thanks so much for your kind words and encouragement!!
Hi Luda, - Delighted to find a fellow-Australian lover of ethnic jewellery here. I am Joost Daalder, and my wife and I have been dedicated collectors of ethnic/tribal jewellery for more than 30 years. I hope we shall become friends and correspond about our joint interests. I feel there are too few Australians here and elsewhere who are interested in ethnic jewellery, so treasure every single one who is. I run a page on Facebook, as well, which you would find simply by going to FB and typing into the SEARCH box "Ethnic Jewellery and Adornment". That will take you to the page, where there are more than 1600 fans from all over the world, and lots of posts. It does not "compete" with this website: the activities are complementary and compatible with each other. Please join me there, too, if you can.
Hi Luda, so thrilled that you have joined us! Just saw your creations on Gemilla, they are so beautiful. I hope your life has been wonderful since I last saw you. I think about you often and your wonderful sense of style, creativity, and sense of humor. So glad I met you on the tour! As you can see Savannah is busy posting pics of her beautiful finds, you should too, I know you found some wonderful jewels and would love to see them again. Take care.