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What is your everyday ethnic jewel that you wear

Started this discussion. Last reply by Yvette Jan 14, 2014. 9 Replies

Hi dear forum members,I recently posted a discussion asking what is your preferred piece of jewelry.Let us see if through your passion for ethnic jewelry you came to adopt that little bracelet you…Continue

How to make better pictures of jewelry we want to share in the forum?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Harald Oct 8, 2012. 10 Replies

We all are very blessed to be part of this forum, sharing knowledge and building friendships. One of my favourite thing  here is to post and view photos, but i found it always awkward to take…Continue

What is your one piece prefered jewelry ?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Eva Baby Jul 10, 2012. 22 Replies

From your private collection or from that of a famous museum. It may also be a picture of another member here or one that you just pickec from the net or from a book (with all due respect to…Continue

From Timbuktu to North Africa, when the Sahara was a civilization's medium

Started this discussion. Last reply by ingrid Langerak Feb 5, 2014. 15 Replies

Since the first travel accounts of Morocco were made by Arab and European explorers during the Middle Ages the jewellery of North Africa has aroused great interest.A plethora of ethnologists, during…Continue


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Indian Cuffs

"This is some otherworldly patina and wear!!"
Alaa eddine SAGID commented on ingrid Langerak's photo

IMG_0798Antique silver Ethiopian,Jimma,Harrar/Tigrai jewellery

"Lovely combination....Is there a specific use to these claw pendants in Ethiopia, i mean other that the protective value it has been known for almost everywhere around the world?"
Alaa eddine SAGID commented on Peter Hoesli's photo

Pendant - Baluchistan-Iran

"Stupendous, i love it very much..Another stunner of yours Peter, you are definitely spoiling us!"
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Bracelets - Egypt

"At first sight these are Moroccan. A very widespread design....i can spot a tiny hallmark inside, could it be a ram's head ? "
Alaa eddine SAGID replied to Patricia Deany's discussion Scent beads
"The making of scented beads as it was initially done by ladies at their own home would not imply the use of smiting techniques such as metal framing and metal wires stringing. At most if a lady comes to be famous as a quality skilled scented beads…"
Alaa eddine SAGID commented on Lynn Ardent's blog post Lecture on Yemeni Jewelry by Marjorie Ransom
"Brilliant, thanx Lynn"
Jan 18
Alaa eddine SAGID commented on Mustafa J. Salem's photo

DSC_0440 Libyan forehead disc

"I meant bangs (hair) Great piece by the way"
Jan 6
Alaa eddine SAGID commented on Mustafa J. Salem's photo

DSC_0440 Libyan forehead disc

"I have always thought of these jewels in the way they are pinned at the forehead that they belong to the old north african berber tradition of the fringe forehead hair which represents fertility. It is called taounza and the same. Name refers to a…"
Jan 6
Alaa eddine SAGID commented on Jose M. Pery's photo

Lady from Rif, Morocco (1)

"The necklace is 100 % from the rif usually comes with this square silver grannulated boxes with double holes or triple holes at each side to allow a stringing with wonderful coral beads on the oldest examples...theyare eastern rif…"
Jan 6
Alaa eddine SAGID commented on SARAH CORBETT's photo

Does anyone have info on these please...

"Kashmiri for the bride exhibition during the wedding ? I have seen such silver work with gold appliques from the region of kashmir and ladakh....the sleepers shape is definetely oriental but further to the east from central asia"
Jan 6
Alaa eddine SAGID commented on Lynn Ardent's photo

Algerian Necklace

"This is a stunning, most impressive complete, old and very rare Algerian necklace. often labelled as kabyle without further details, i do think it rather comes from "petite kabylie" subregion...the part of the kabyle people who do not use…"
Jan 4
Alaa eddine SAGID commented on Lanajnaj's photo

BOUCLE CEINTURE holga ARGENT 82cm sud tunisie

"Very nice one, these are the rarest style (and most impressive) tunisian belt buckles. I am yet to find how these were worn as i have owned one for many years, but couldn't find a picture of it being my reference books, they say its…"
Jan 4
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Happy new year with much love

.......and many ethnic jewels!!!
Jan 2
Pierre commented on Alaa eddine SAGID's photo

Happy new year with much love

"Bonne année,trés bonne santé et beaucoup de bijoux ethniques.Pierre."
Jan 1
Eva Baby commented on Alaa eddine SAGID's photo

Happy new year with much love

"Happy New Year!  this is a gorgeous Picture! "
Jan 1

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Berber happenings keep unfolding in Paris!!!

Posted on January 29, 2014 at 7:53 13 Comments

Berber women of Morrocco


March 21 - July 20, 2014

The Fondation Pierre Bergé – Yves Saint Laurent is proud to announce the opening of its 21st exhibition, Berber Women of Morocco. It is an occasion not only to share the richness of the Amazigh civilization, but also to honor Berber women, to whom the Amazigh culture owes its…


A wonderful online book on east african jewels

Posted on November 8, 2013 at 14:30 3 Comments

JOSE has unearthed an online book on east african jewels!


click here to domnload the book on your browser (PDF)


It might be the only reference book on the subject, rich with many a picture of jewelry and local people wearing it.


Written in Spanish and French


Happy reading



Silver beads ID?

Posted on April 4, 2012 at 20:20 10 Comments

Does anyone know from were these delicacies come from?

Thanx very much

Chinese silver hallmark ID ?

Posted on March 23, 2012 at 19:57 1 Comment

Any info on this hallmark found on this beautifully carved chinese (?) large necklace.

Thank you…


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At 11:44 on November 8, 2013, Nyein Chan Oo said…


At 0:03 on November 6, 2013, SARAH CORBETT said…
Hi Alaa, welcome back and big congratulations on completing Hajj. Blessing be upon you x
At 18:23 on May 4, 2013, Angela Lovett said…

Thank you Ayis! Pleasure to meet you! It was an incredible trip - one of the best travel experiences of my life!

At 23:37 on August 21, 2011, Becky Rogers said…
At 21:13 on July 19, 2011, Isabel Iglesias said…
J'ai envie de tout ta connaissance...
At 18:47 on July 19, 2011, Eva Baby said…
Hi, thank you for your message. I had replied with a real long message, talking and talking about Mali and my experience.. there.. and then it made "shwupps" and all disappeared. I don't know why this always happens to me on this website. I am sorry, I need now a break and will answer tomorrow. I wrote a lot, and it is all gone.... Sorry, I will try tomorrow, when I am fresh and full of energy... With best regards, Eva
At 2:34 on July 19, 2011, Becky Rogers said…

Hi Ayis,

have you had any luck with MarocAntics via email, or are you able to go in person?


At 22:46 on June 16, 2011, Ethnic Embellishments said…
Hello Ayis, I just posted two photos of a bead which has very similar work to your bracelets.
At 7:04 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 20:40 on June 11, 2011, Ethnic Embellishments said…
Hello Ayis, sorry to bother you.  I was wondering if you could give me any feedback regarding the Tunisian collar I posted a photo of today.  Thanks!



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