Ethnic Jewels

An appreciation of ethnic jewellery and adornment

January 2015 Blog Posts (5)

What is this buckle?

Recently I have seen two of these buckles - one on eBay, and one at a live auction.  These are pictures taken from eBay. 

Arguments in favor of eastern attribution:  the combination of filigree and stones, the glass stones are set using a technique that appears in some Balkan work, and this particular buckle is described as not testing for high grade silver which puts me in mind of Ottoman ~40% silver.  

In favor of western attribution:  the stones have a table…

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Added by Lynn Ardent on January 26, 2015 at 14:33 — 10 Comments

Lecture on Yemeni Jewelry by Marjorie Ransom

I stumbled across a 2014 lecture by Marjorie Ransom at the US Library of Congress. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CMx8k6_Cyik

Added by Lynn Ardent on January 17, 2015 at 5:00 — 5 Comments

Help needed Re: Central Asian pieces' origin, possible age, etc?

I brought these back from a recent trip to Central Asia, thinking I would be able to figure out their origins once I returned. Nowhere, simply nowhere, can I find anything remotely like these pieces. I have seen photos of generically 'Afghan' or 'Kuchi' jewelry; however, as beautiful as they are, they do not have the same attention to detail as these do, which makes me question their origin even more.

Any thoughts, ideas, discussions would be greatly…

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Added by Susanne Harlandt on January 11, 2015 at 22:54 — 7 Comments

On The Subject of Loubane. I would like to know more.....

Currently there are two loubane "amber" necklaces up for auction on eBay - see items no.111471211129 and 111471215504 by the same seller. I understand loubane to be a translation of the english gum arabic, which is derived from the resin of two variants of acacia tree, and which has many and varied uses in industry and as a constituent in comestibles.

Is anyone able to tell me if the description loubane is ever applied to any other resin or even types of plastic or phenolic…

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Added by Frankie Carter on January 6, 2015 at 23:09 — 4 Comments

18th century Cypriot or Turkish buckle on ebay.de

There is a very nice one on ebay.de, with a Star of David.  Missing a stone and setting which could be replaced by a good silversmith.   161544201387…

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Added by Lynn Ardent on January 2, 2015 at 16:15 — No Comments

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