Ethnic Jewels

An appreciation of ethnic jewellery and adornment

January 2012 Blog Posts (10)

Antique Amber Beads from Mali

We've just listed several lots of antique amber beads from Mali on eBay (US site).  It's a good reference for genuine amber beads.  One even has traces of henna that was used to dye the bead.  I'll follow up with photos of many more strands of both Moroccan and Malian amber, including some rare repaired beads, once we unpack from the show.  Here's the link:

Added by Ethnic Embellishments on January 28, 2012 at 6:20 — 1 Comment

Can anyone tell me more about this amulet?

Hi Everyone, I am trying to learn more about this amulet. My mother purchased it in the 1980's or early 1990's in Egypt. I don't know it's age or purpose or its origins. Thank you very much! Jocelyne Okrent

Added by J.Okrent/ RitaOkrent Collection on January 21, 2012 at 12:27 — 7 Comments


Added by SARAH CORBETT on January 18, 2012 at 13:54 — 2 Comments


DESCRIPTION: A rare and very desirable linked fibulae set with very unusual annular Fibulae. The piece has a selection of early pendants, Phenolic ‘Amber’ beads, antique agate beads and a pair of rare Jewish Moroccan silver beads. The superb handmade chains are especially wonderful!

AGE: Antique Circa 1920

ORIGIN: Draa valley, Morocco



Added by SARAH CORBETT on January 16, 2012 at 18:30 — No Comments

Vivid Vault developments!

We have added a new feature to the site, which allows you to share images and links directly to your facebook, G+ or twitter accounts..

Take a look, click away and share the beauty of these wonderful jewels.

Added by SARAH CORBETT on January 11, 2012 at 22:27 — 1 Comment

new tour date announced...

A two centre tour in the south of Morocco.

Just 5 places on this wonderful tour, luxurious accommodations, fabulous food, and of course stunning jewels!!


click the link below to see the current choice of tours:


warmest wishes



Added by SARAH CORBETT on January 11, 2012 at 2:16 — 2 Comments

collector emptor- "Turkmen Jewelry" book, Layla Diba

'Scholarship' is an unfortunate term to use in reviewing this book. The examples include many that are loosely dated, made for the gullible collector's market, or bear fake patinas. Some of the descriptions are just flat-out wrong, for example, pressed  red glass pieces with islamic inscriptions that were manufactured in Europe identified as 'carnelian'.It is certain that more experienced collectors are going to be commenting on this book and wondering why an institution like the MET would…


Added by Alan Suits on January 9, 2012 at 19:11 — 1 Comment

last room available of end of January

The last room for the January trip to Morocco is currently available A unique trip to Marrakech designed for jewellery lovers.. Visits to the finest dealers in the city and many other treats !! If you are interested in joining us on this or a future trip please drop me a line! Warmest wishes Sarah

Added by SARAH CORBETT on January 8, 2012 at 17:10 — No Comments

e bay listings

Lots of great deals to be found in my e bay shop today!!

Added by SARAH CORBETT on January 5, 2012 at 19:34 — No Comments

Wishing you all................

a magical 2012 x

Added by SARAH CORBETT on January 1, 2012 at 18:55 — No Comments

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