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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 Jose M. Pery's photo

Tuareg Têreout n âzref, South Algeria

"Very good and pretty rare. A translation try : Mohammad Kel chahid aicha.....not really sure"
May 16
Alaa eddine SAGID commented on Jose M. Pery's photo

Berber silver and enamel amulet box, Morocco

"very nice to get one with enamel they are seldom seen. great find!"
May 2
Alaa eddine SAGID commented on Sami Yousef's photo

Fine filigree beads

"Great beads, deserve a skilled stringer and some coral beads to get them back alive"
May 2
Alaa eddine SAGID commented on Betty's photo

Hands - Help with ID needed

"Hand grabbing a flower is a big common feature in old Algerian jewels. possibly inherited from ottoman times. I have seen it in many many pieces of old jewels from Algeria and les so from tunisia and Libya..... But almost exclusively on belt…"
May 2
Alaa eddine SAGID commented on Betty's photo

Mystery star...found to be Sardinian

"As you are raising it in your last sentence, jewelry is a learning lesson about the is just like History unfolding in and with precious glitters. WEll sadly people with interest in the past are too few around, they are often the most…"
Apr 26
Alaa eddine SAGID commented on Jose M. Pery's photo

Amulet box, Egypt

"Beautiful and very old!"
Apr 26
Alaa eddine SAGID commented on Jose M. Pery's photo

Khamsa, Tunisia

"Very intriguing khamsa. Most likely augmented with the appliques for a tourist trade ? The feline profiles are like the cherry on the cake after the dromedaries! A faunistic khamsa!"
Apr 26
Alaa eddine SAGID commented on Betty's photo

Mystery star...Help with ID needed

"Absolute little treasures and brilliant sleuthing. I like these pieces because they clearly teach us about about something i have always been promoting. It seems that the late ottoman work of arts (in jewelry), beginning with 19th century in what…"
Apr 23
Alaa eddine SAGID commented on Betty's photo

Lybian/Italian work for Western market?

"There exist a vast variety of bracelets (mainly) made in this style. drawing on orientalist taste but with a definite european touch and deep rationalization, less archaism...almost art deco in parts. Some of these pieces have clear freemason…"
Apr 23
Alaa eddine SAGID commented on Jean-Marie Criel's photo

Kurdish girl with large amulet-holder. Eastern Turkey, ca. 1925-1950.

"So if i understand well, the holder does hang on the chain but it was trapped underneath the sash? Lovely fashion"
Apr 23
Alaa eddine SAGID commented on Jean-Marie Criel's blog post A technical question.
"A temporary bug could have caused this. Or inadvertently (as it happened to many of us) you clicked the wrong button. Do not hesitate to report back here if you still face the same problem. Thanx for your input"
Apr 21
Alaa eddine SAGID commented on Jean-Marie Criel's photo

Large tepelik. Kurdish, from Iraqi Kurdistan, ca. mid-20th century.

"Of al the tepeliks i have seen, all those with dangles have them attached to the very rim! This one is stunning, maybe because of those embossed/stamped elements dangling, a great change from the usual coins! i cant see any attaching system on the…"
Apr 19
Alaa eddine SAGID commented on Wellens Willy's photo


"Those posted by zambezi can be restrung as well, but the big difference is that they are not using the perfect round silver beads which are obviously more recent and used by recent stringing"
Apr 19
Alaa eddine SAGID commented on Tesori Orientali's photo

ID please !!! Jean Marie ..where are you ???

"I wholheartedly suscribe to your argument regarding the size (Lynn and jean-marie). I would love to have the feedback of anyone having seen the back of many tepeliks to update us on how the bar and loops on the back of Angelo's were technically…"
Apr 16
Alaa eddine SAGID commented on Wellens Willy's photo


"The biggest amber like beads is definetely not amber, possibly a couple of the flat ones are!"
Apr 14
Alaa eddine SAGID commented on Wellens Willy's photo


"We can call it a berber or moroccan necklace an Zambezi said almost everything. I would like to add a couple of remarks: I too think the amber is not genuine and is likely to be phenolic Coral is good old stuff Striging is not original BUT there is…"
Apr 14

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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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