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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 ingrid Langerak's photo

IMG_2872 Ethiopian woman from Kaffa province wearing the famous silver Jimma beads.

"Sorry if for once i am more at awe in front of such an elaborate hairdo!! Stunning!"
Aug 22
Alaa eddine SAGID commented on Jose M. Pery's photo

Horse trappings ornaments, Morocco

"Great and rare to see them in silver indeed. the tope one seems to be hallmarked in "ASFI" and the lower one is difficult to read but either "Marrakech or Azemmour". @Hillary, you shouldn't feel about it, i think that…"
Aug 22
Alaa eddine SAGID commented on Betty's photo

Flowers and leaves

"GORGEOUS. The filigree is totally mastered. I can see the blurred contour of the keyhole shaped fastening holes on the background? Lovely find"
Aug 20
Alaa eddine SAGID commented on Jose M. Pery's photo

Moroccan Berber bracelets

"Total awesomeness. I confirm the Marrakech hallmark. An important pair of a refined style often made for local elite in the fashion of FES. Congratulations"
Aug 20
Alaa eddine SAGID commented on Jose M. Pery's photo

Moroccan Berber bracelets

"Now i am jealous JOSE. These are stunners!!! PLease do post a close up of the hallmarks, everything cries out in them as rather coming from MEKNES or even SAFI/ESSAOUIRA, but then evrything is possible especially when it gets to refined items such…"
Aug 18
Alaa eddine SAGID commented on Betty's photo

bracelets or upper arm bracelets?

"Gorgeous and so lucky you could secure the pair. I am thinking the upper arm jewels are not alien to the whole perimeter of the red sea, from the Sinai beduins to the Somali coast...but i have only seen bracelets made of amber beads or amber…"
Aug 17
Alaa eddine SAGID commented on Ethnic Embellishments's photo

Antique silver Quran box from Morocco, possibly Fes

"Sweet box Hillary. I can see the first letters of the city of "fes" the rest is worn along with date. Usually on these pieces there is a third hllamrk on top of lid around the additional bail (to attach the chain itself securing the…"
Aug 17
Lynn Ardent commented on Alaa eddine SAGID's photo

Mystery old silver bracelets !

"In the Golden Triangle very, very high grade silver is sometimes used, up to 98% silver.  I tested my bracelets and they were definitely above sterling content.  The easy polish and beautiful feeling is testament to the skill and…"
Aug 6
Alaa eddine SAGID commented on Alaa eddine SAGID's photo

Mystery old silver bracelets !

"Thanx Lyn, This is the kind of bracelets i was refering to. Mine is very lightweight and totally deprived of the wires and engravings. It has a wonderful feel and wear to it though i reckon it must not be that old....i just love how the silver came…"
Aug 6
Lynn Ardent commented on Alaa eddine SAGID's photo

Mystery old silver bracelets !

"Dear Alaa, the central bracelet looks like a vintage to contemporary Golden Triangle bracelet that is made with modern sensibilities in mind but still traditional shape, techniques, and made by a traditional silversmith.  The old tribal…"
Aug 6
Alaa eddine SAGID commented on Alaa eddine SAGID's photo

Mystery old silver bracelets !

"Godd evening JOSE. Thank you very much, indeed the pair is identical to the one on Van cutsem's book. Why not, i wasn't sure about timor other than the vaguely ressemblance in th shape! Actually the cuff is waaay larger that the one…"
Aug 5
Jose M. Pery commented on Alaa eddine SAGID's photo

Mystery old silver bracelets !

"Good evening, Alaa. There are some bracelets similar to the pair bottom left in your pic labelled as coming from the Golden Triangle in page 266 of A. Van Cutsem's "A World of Bracelets". That is somewhat strange as I would have also…"
Aug 5
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Mystery old silver bracelets !

ID needed for this set of antique silver bracelets. My first guess was clock wise : a pair from Timor island, a Shan cuff from Myanmar and a European hinged bracelet ( Bosnia or Greece). Let me know if you have any insights. Thanx
Aug 4
Alaa eddine SAGID commented on Lynn Ardent's photo

Enamelled Bazuband

"Such a wonderful object Preethi. Well this is exactely what i was referring to as hookah parts beings labelled as Persian it is from Lucknow. Very thrilling. If any Persian connection has occurred in the past on the technique level…"
Aug 3
Lynn Ardent commented on Alaa eddine SAGID's photo

Mystery pendant

"Dear Alaa and Joost, it was my great pleasure to help, not the least because Alaa has been so kind in identifying and providing more information on so many of my piece!  The tipoff for me was the table-cut stones and the raised bezel…"
Aug 3
Alaa eddine SAGID commented on Lynn Ardent's photo

Enamelled Bazuband

"And a further side note is the existence of a very shallow and brilliant enamel used in Iran (still used) which main shades are blue and sometimes green also. The most common of the artefacts on which it was applied and still is are the incorrectly…"
Aug 3

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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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