ethnic jewels

An appreciation of ethnic jewellery and adornment

Lynn Ardent
  • Redmond, WA
  • United States
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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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ingrid Langerak commented on Lynn Ardent's photo

Yemeni Mahfaza Necklace

"Dear Lynn, a great piece of perfect condition beads and unusual deecoration of circles instead of the more common diamond shaped decor.  Outstanding I would call it. Great photographic work as well. gr. Ingid"
Jan 2
Lynn Ardent commented on Paul's photo

Draa-Valley, South-Morocco

"What beauties. So happy to see these on their original stringing. Brightening my day."
Nov 13, 2016
Peter Hoesli commented on Lynn Ardent's photo

Kuchi Choker

"Dear Lynn; This is a beautiful necklace. I love the Kuchi jewelry with their colorful stones, which make such a great contrast to the silver. Well collected Lynn - congratulations. Peter"
Nov 12, 2016
Peter Hoesli commented on Lynn Ardent's photo

Sinai Veil

"Dear Lynn; This is a nice veil - Congratulations! I like these veils because the ladies kept on working on them, attaching new amulets, coins, beads, etc. as they found and received them. So these veils will never be finished but complimented over…"
Nov 12, 2016
zhanna grace townend commented on Lynn Ardent's photo

Kuchi Choker

"hello Lynn, I cant add anything further than Thelma re: the make up of this necklace, all I can say is that it is a beautiful piece & that I would be over the moon if I myself owned such a one, lucky you! kind regards, zhanna"
Nov 10, 2016
zhanna grace townend commented on Lynn Ardent's photo

Sinai Veil

"dear Lynn, thank you for posting this piece, it is so lovely to see pieces that women in an ethnic environment have worked themselves for wear & according to their spiritual beliefs, this piece itself is very lively & the use of colour &…"
Nov 10, 2016
Betty commented on Lynn Ardent's photo

A pair of pendants from Himachal Pradesh

"Beautiful! Congratulation, Lynn..."
Nov 9, 2016
Thelma commented on Lynn Ardent's photo

Kuchi Choker

"This is a very lovely little necklace, Lynn. I love the way the maker has decorated the buttons with three small blue seed beads. Indeed I like so many aspects of this piece. The metal parts of the necklace seem quite old ... older than the…"
Nov 8, 2016
Lynn Ardent commented on zhanna grace townend's photo
Nov 8, 2016
Lynn Ardent commented on zhanna grace townend's photo

silver hirz wedding necklace, Yemen or Ethiopia 24.10.16 011

"So fabulous! Congratulations! My guess wound be made in Yemen originally but perhaps traveled around, in her book Marjorie Ransom writes about a region that specialized in the smooth beads. I will look up the reference when I get home."
Nov 8, 2016
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Nov 8, 2016
Lynn Ardent commented on Dagmara Haładaj's photo

Temple pendant (?)

"I love it!  I think your ID is spot on, it's Rashaida or Saudi. "
Nov 3, 2016
Lynn Ardent commented on Dagmara Haładaj's photo

Iranian kurdish head ornament

"Very beautiful and traditional ornament.  I love collecting Kurdish jewelry.  Dagmara do you mind if your photos are pinned to pinterest (with credit to you)?  If you prefer them to stay only here that is just fine! "
Nov 3, 2016
Lynn Ardent commented on Dagmara Haładaj's photo

Kurdish necklace (?)

"It's gorgeous.  I agree it is Kurdish or from a closely related ethnic group such as Lurs or Bakhtiari.  Its a very beautiful piece with fine silverwork.  I particularly like the fancy big links with the lines on them, they are a…"
Nov 1, 2016
Lynn Ardent commented on Lynn Ardent's photo

Iranian Kurdish Head Ornament

"I love it Dagmara, they are twins!  Do you collect Iranian or Kurdish jewelry?"
Nov 1, 2016
Dagmara Haładaj commented on Lynn Ardent's photo

Iranian Kurdish Head Ornament

"Hello Lynn, just take a look at mine piece. It is very similar: the chain and the coins.  Best wishes"
Nov 1, 2016

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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…


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 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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