Ethnic Jewels

An appreciation of ethnic jewellery and adornment

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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 gold, pinch and contain inscriptions and symbols engraved on its face, if you could dig…


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

Ethiopia bracelet?

... and another one, I just can't seem to find where this bracelet comes from. It seems like Ethiopia but if anyone knows more...

it has little stones ore something in it so it rattles when wearing. 



Added by Anne Marie Eleveld on December 18, 2015 at 19:00 — 3 Comments

Tekke? how about the blue stones?

hi friends

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!



Added by Anne Marie Eleveld on December 18, 2015 at 19:00 — 3 Comments

Need help to id this neckless.

Added by Sylvia Raatjes on December 17, 2015 at 11:21 — 3 Comments

Is this Amber?

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?




Added by Kim on December 15, 2015 at 13:06 — 6 Comments

Another year at the ethnic Jewels community

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 and talk on organic beads, Sunday 5th July -free to members!

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:…


Added by Stefany Tomalin on June 10, 2015 at 14:38 — No Comments

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