Ethnic Jewels

An appreciation of ethnic jewellery and adornment

Lynn Ardent
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New production Yemeni jewelry and a question

Started this discussion. Last reply by ait ouakli Sep 15, 2014. 28 Replies

Over the last six months or so I have noticed a number of eBay auctions of beautiful Yemeni silver jewelry in traditional styles, which I think may actually be new production.  I personally am deeply…Continue

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Testing Silver Content

Posted on June 8, 2015 at 20:00 8 Comments

A few people have asked me how I test silver content and so I will share what I do.  I want to start with a few caveats. 

First, you can harm a piece of silver with testing.  You are going to use a strong acid!  So practice first and be sure you really want or need to know the approximate silver content. 

Second, I WELCOME CORRECTIONS and additions.  I am just a curious amateur.  Most silver testing instructions recommend scratching or filing a piece which I…


Removing old silver polish

Posted on April 3, 2015 at 17:20 10 Comments

I wanted to share a few tips for removing old silver paste polish, which appears as a white dried-on residue.  Here is an example from my Burmese Shan cuff.  


This white residue is often rock-hard and quite impenetrable even to a good soaking and brushing.  To remove it, you need a little chemistry.  The white color here is calcium carbonate, an ingredient of…


18th/19th century Yemeni exhibit

Posted on March 18, 2015 at 13:12 24 Comments

Marjorie Ransom writes that the vast majority of available Yemeni jewelry was made in the 20th century, and that the prominent styles of Bedihi and Bawsani did not develop until early in the 20th century.  She says that she will have the 19th century pieces in her next book which focuses on the silversmiths that made the jewelry.  She also at once point writes that much 19th century silver in Yemen was a 50/50 silver/metal mix. 

I found a museum exhibit which has 18th and 19th…


What is this buckle?

Posted on January 26, 2015 at 14:33 10 Comments

Recently I have seen two of these buckles - one on eBay, and one at a live auction.  These are pictures taken from eBay. 

Arguments in favor of eastern attribution:  the combination of filigree and stones, the glass stones are set using a technique that appears in some Balkan work, and this particular buckle is described as not testing for high grade silver which puts me in mind of Ottoman ~40% silver.  

In favor of western attribution:  the stones have a table…


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At 13:46 on January 17, 2018, LauraRamsay said…

Good afternoon Lynn

I am very happy to be a new internet friend . Thank you  for asking me. I am glad you like the Balkan piece and I would like to know more about it. Your collection is wonderful and I have loved looking at everything. A joy!

Best regards


At 16:51 on December 22, 2014, Nada said…

Hey Lynn, my new friend!

At 6:42 on December 6, 2014, Mustafa J. Salem said…

Thanks Lynn:

I will be happy to be your internet friend. Nice to be able to communicate and learn from each other on matters of Ethnic jewelry.

At 21:00 on September 11, 2014, ingrid Langerak said…

Hi Lynn,

I am happy to be your internet friend. 

You sound like a fresh wind in the ehtnic collector's circle.

Warm greeting Ingrid.




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