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…Continue
Added by IDenteco on December 27, 2016 at 20:35 — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Devika Jacob on November 2, 2016 at 5:36 — No 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
BEAD SOCIETY OF GREAT BRITAIN ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING JULY 3rd 2016
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
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…Continue
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 gold, pinch and contain inscriptions and symbols engraved on its face, if you could dig…Continue
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.
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…Continue
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.
it has little stones ore something in it so it rattles when wearing.
recently I bought this bracelet. Seems Tekke / Turkmenistan, but I never saw them with blue stones. And, the stone doesn't really look like a stone, silvercolor shines through it.
Anyone any idea about this bracelet? Where it is from, what the blue can be, age,.... I'm a bit clueless!
Hi, I recently purchased a string of, supposedly, Victorian Amber beads (necklace). I was disappointed when they arrived to find the colour was more brown than orange, and they were not translucent at all. Rather, they are a solid brown colour and the texture to the beads is very crackled. I've included a photo.
Can anyone tell me more about them?
Hi to all of our valued community members.
I hope that you have all enjoyed another informative and educational year here together as a part of this fabulous community.
I would like to thank each and everyone for their involvement in the community, and the friendly and positive behavior which makes this such a great place to be involved.
As always the annual fees will be due on the first day of August. So I am appealing to all who enjoy and appreciate the forum to consider making…
Added by SARAH CORBETT on June 26, 2015 at 17:38 — No Comments
BEAD SOCIETY OF GREAT BRITAIN AGM weekend of bead interest and activity will be held in my "office" in north London, workshop 10.30am-4.30pm on Sat. 4th July, then the AGM, talk on organic beads, 11am-5pm, and a chance to see items in my collection, Sunday 5th July
all the details at:…Continue
Added by Stefany Tomalin on June 10, 2015 at 14:38 — No Comments
A few people have asked me how I test silver content and so I will share what I do. I want to start with a few caveats.
First, you can harm a piece of silver with testing. You are going to use a strong acid! So practice first and be sure you really want or need to know the approximate silver content.
Second, I WELCOME CORRECTIONS and additions. I am just a curious amateur. Most silver testing instructions recommend scratching or filing a piece which I…Continue
I wanted to share a few tips for removing old silver paste polish, which appears as a white dried-on residue. Here is an example from my Burmese Shan cuff.
This white residue is often rock-hard and quite impenetrable even to a good soaking and brushing. To remove it, you need a little chemistry. The white color here is calcium carbonate, an ingredient of…Continue