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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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Alaa eddine SAGID commented on Edith D's photo

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"I have had the same issue withe Sugier's assertion and would second your reserves. As to your feeling towards the bold berber connection which is often met in books and on the ground (market), i guess it has a lot to do with both a deep…"
Alaa eddine SAGID commented on Edith D's photo

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"HI Edith, glad to see you back on the forum. your question is spot on and you may want to know or you may already know that Clemence Sugier suggested the connection of Roman Bulla amulets to a particular Tunisian pendant, although she seems to…"
Alaa eddine SAGID commented on Edith D's photo

Javanese Ear Ornament

"Lovely Edith! I am pretty sure that traditionnally there is a crown/headdress accompanying this accessory. Either this ear ornamenet was part of the headdress and went loose or it was attached to it or tightned firmly at his place by the weight of…"
Feb 17
Alaa eddine SAGID commented on Sarah Emme's photo

Photo uploaded on February 2, 2017

"I had not seen the catalog when i visited at the beginning of the exhibit. it is an interesting private collection with a lovely humble scenography, pretty intimate!"
Feb 17
Alaa eddine SAGID commented on Betty's photo

Three beautiful sisters...

"similar necklaces from old Dutch references. First being a picture of an exhibit and second a wonderful couloured hand drawn spread of jewels. Both references dating from very late 19th century or very early 2O th century picturing traditionnal…"
Jan 19
Edith D commented on Alaa eddine SAGID's photo

A selection of old jewels from Indonesia

"Thanks so much for the info. Yes, I had also visited Jalan Surabaya and the antiques district in Yogyakarta, but with not much luck. we are planning to visit other islands eventually, so I guess I will need to keep my eyes open! I have purchased a…"
Jan 5
Alaa eddine SAGID commented on Alaa eddine SAGID's photo

A selection of old jewels from Indonesia

"Hey Edith, how Nice to see you back in a different horizon... From Tunisia to Indonesia...Love them both BUT indeed it is every bit quite difficult to shop for jewels in the country (at least compared to North Africa and middle east!) My experience…"
Jan 5
Edith D commented on Alaa eddine SAGID's photo

A selection of old jewels from Indonesia

"Thanks for posting these! I am amazed at how few pieces of any quality are to be found in the shops in west and Central Java. Those good quality silver items that I found were assigned unbelievable prices! ( a very small hairpin 18 million…"
Jan 5
Alaa eddine SAGID replied to Son of Hmong's discussion Hi everybody!how can i use this?i never can pin it stably on my cape
"i hope this drawing can help"
Jan 5
Alaa eddine SAGID commented on Alaa eddine SAGID's photo

A selection of old jewels from Indonesia

"I have a weak spot for anything Indonesian and for the country itself which i greatly enjoy visiting. Indonesian jewelry is a perfect example of how patterns, techniques and influences have traveled the world way before super jumbos and high speed…"
Jan 5
Peter Hoesli commented on Alaa eddine SAGID's photo

A selection of old jewels from Indonesia

"Dear Alaa; A very nice collection indeed - Congratulations! I have a few items from indonesia in my collection and just purchased some lovely antique belts mainly from Sumatra, which I have visited back in 1983. I always wanted a particular Sumatra…"
Jan 4
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Betty commented on Alaa eddine SAGID's photo

Mysterious necklace

"Just stumbled across this again. It also reminds me of Armenian jewelry..."
Jan 2
Alaa eddine SAGID commented on Dagmara Haładaj's photo

Blessed Sandal

"Well, usually there is no occurence in the traditions of a Fatima's sandal. At the contrary the prophet's sandal is a highly revered symbol, treated almost like a relic! Very interesting to see this example, so far i have only knew of…"
Dec 28, 2016
Alaa eddine SAGID commented on Betty's photo

Three beautiful sisters...

"I am veru surprised by the verdict of your expert friend. The Batak ( in all their diversity) have not been known to use such intricate filigree.... The "daun sukun" necklace is, i believe, a trademark of the Malay people.... I dont mean…"
Oct 29, 2016
Alaa eddine SAGID commented on Betty's photo

Three beautiful sisters...

"What a beautiful find. This model is very widespread across large parts of the indonesian Archipelago and the malay peninsula. It seems that the origin might lie somewhere in Sumatra island where they are still very much worn and made (though of…"
Jul 20, 2016

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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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