Ethnic Jewels

An appreciation of ethnic jewellery and adornment

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The khalili collections - superb site showing collections

Professor Khalili is a world renowned scholar, collector, benefactor and philanthropist as well as a successful businessman. His collections, which consist of 35,000 items, include the arts of the Islamic World, Japanese art from the Meiji period, Swedish textiles, Spanish damascened metalwork and…


Added by Cordelia Donohoe on April 18, 2017 at 18:30 — No Comments

Bracelets, Dagestan

Bracelets, Dagestan, Kubachi, 19th century,

Silver, gilding, garnets, turquoise, carnelian

Added by Rai Ismail on April 15, 2017 at 16:00 — No Comments

Belt, Southern Dagestan, 19th century Silver, gilding

Added by Rai Ismail on April 8, 2017 at 9:00 — No Comments

Silver in ethnic jewellery

This post grew out of a rich discussion of a Bulgarian pendant posted by Cordelia Donahue and my own realisation that I needed a simple framework to help me think about the sources of ethnic silver. It is not meant to be authoritative but I hope it will be useful. Do please offer corrections and extensions.

Silver is classified as a noble or precious metal along with gold and platinum. All other metals, such…


Added by Thelma on April 3, 2017 at 13:30 — 9 Comments

Natural vs Synthetic

Hello :)


Today we want to share with you some facts and info to help you understand the difference between  natural and synthetic gemstones.

Many people don't realize that majority of the natural gemstones are treated in the lab after they are mined. If you think about Tanzanite, for example, you will have an image of stunning purple-blue gemstone, but the truth is that this…


Added by IDenteco on March 11, 2017 at 13:32 — No Comments

wedding dress

 with silver jewelery, Dagestan, Laks 19th century

Added by Rai Ismail on February 21, 2017 at 7:00 — 2 Comments

Armenians and Valentine's day

Did you know that meanwhile people all over the world celebrate their Valentine's day on 14th of February, Armenians  have their own…


Added by IDenteco on February 12, 2017 at 20:32 — 2 Comments

Armenian symbol of eternity

Armenian symbol of eternity or Arevakhach…


Added by IDenteco on January 17, 2017 at 19:52 — No Comments

somebody knows from where this item?

Added by Rai Ismail on January 7, 2017 at 12:34 — 1 Comment

Introduction to Armenian jewellery

 Traditional Armenian jewellery has centuries-long history. Armenian women always liked wearing a lot of jewellery to match their colourful Armenian folk costumes called “Taraz”. Most of the jewellery was handmade of silver, it is passed from generation to generation.

One of the essential items for an Armenian woman in ancient times was a silver belt. It was usually decorated by turquoise, coral, amber or other semi-precious stones. Some considered a belt…


Added by IDenteco on December 27, 2016 at 20:35 — No Comments

The amazing art of clay on terracotta jewelries - The great crafts from creative jewellery artist Devika Jacob

Jewellery is deeply connected and an expression of a personality.

Nonetheless, whereas some of the carefully picked pieces may surely be timeless and close to one's heart, it certainly doesn't mean that every once in a while, one can't try something new. So, how about setting aside those traditional diamond or gold ornaments and go for some contemporary pieces that can add an extra something to your style…


Added by Devika Jacob on November 2, 2016 at 5:36 — No Comments

THE COVER OF MY NEW BOOK...coming out this week

Added by Stefany Tomalin on September 12, 2016 at 16:53 — 8 Comments


Dear bead threading friends!


Apologies for taking so long to get back with information about my one-day classes.


Bead necklaces are more popular than ever today- just look at so many TV presenters, wearing their beads...


I teach the most useful basics for threading bead jewellery including knotting techniques to a professional standard. The class includes…


Added by Stefany Tomalin on July 31, 2016 at 13:09 — No Comments



friends- sorry i haven't been here for a while (i've been working on a bead collectors guide book -will announce when it's in print)

but wanted to let everyone know that the Bead Society of Great Britain's Annual General Meeting is coming up 0n Sunday 3rd July in the Headley lecture Theatre, Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology, Beaumont St, Oxford OX1 2PH for members, or you can join at the door.



Added by Stefany Tomalin on June 21, 2016 at 23:19 — No Comments

For lovers of turquoise

If you have ever wondered about the origin of the turquoise stones in a bracelet from Saudi Arabia or the little turquoise beads in an earring from Bukhara, you may be in luck. Arash Khazeni's book Sky Blue Stone: the Turquoise Trade in World History, published by the University of California Press in 2014, may supply some answers.

Khazeni describes how turquoise has been found in 'a wide sweep of mineral-bearing strata extending from Egypt through…


Added by Thelma on June 8, 2016 at 13:00 — 3 Comments

Penny book

Penny book "is one of the traditional women's silver ornaments and some might attribute it as a type of" scalding "But there are differences between the" penny Book "and" scalding. "Vqrh" book "necklace adorned with a circular disk flat decorated. Gathering of its parts series silver or…


Added by Sumaiya on May 25, 2016 at 8:20 — 1 Comment

A technical question.

Today, I found one of my albums ('Festive Headgear') empty...   (I restored it in the meantime).  Can anyone explain to me, what could have happened?  I presume that I did something yesterday, with that result, but what?...

Thanks in advance.  With kind regards to all, Jean-Marie.

Added by Jean-Marie Criel on April 18, 2016 at 20:45 — 2 Comments

'Is it OK if I use the word 'tribal'?' she said

Problems, problems yet again when using the word 'tribal' to describe tribal and ethnic jewellery.

I pull a dictionary down from the shelf... the Oxford English Dictionary 1976 (sixth edition) ... and search for the word. Here it is.

'Tribe - group of (primitive) clans under recognised chief and usually claiming common ancestor.'

Yes ... well... it shows the attitudes of the times. I remember that when we lived in southern Africa a long time ago, we avoided using the…


Added by Thelma on February 4, 2016 at 13:25 — 16 Comments

Marie Rose Rabate

For those interested in North African jewelry, Marie-Rose Rabate's book "  Jewels, from the High Atlas to the Draa valley "has been reprinted in 2015...Can be found on Amazon for £21.

Added by Chantal on January 28, 2016 at 16:01 — 10 Comments

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