Ethnic Jewels

An appreciation of ethnic jewellery and adornment

August 2011 Blog Posts (11)

Mamuli: Gold Fertility Amulets from Sumba

Mamuli are iconic ornaments of the people of Sumba in southeastern Indonesia made of gold and worn by men who hold "noble" or priestly positions in society. It's not often one gets to view a large group of old mamuli together. Here (click right…


Added by Susi Johnston on August 23, 2011 at 21:30 — 1 Comment

Updated website

Done updating my website today! Worked on the section Links - Online stores and sellers: if you miss anyone who should be there, drop me a line and I will add them. Only requirement is that the jewelry offered needs to be genuine (as fas as that can be established of course) or that newly assembled pieces from old elements are clearly indicated as such.

See under the Links-menu: any input will be…


Added by Sigrid van Roode on August 21, 2011 at 8:36 — 4 Comments

Biggest Ethnic Earrings Ever? (Karo Batak "Padung-Padung")

Here are a few historical photographs (1900 - 1935) from my digital archives, showing how the Karo Batak women of North Sumatra wore their Padung-Padung ear-weights, which were massive, normally solid silver (sometimes with low-karat pink-gold appended elements). They were fastened through the flesh-loop of distended earlobes, and then "pinched" into the cotton cloth…


Added by Susi Johnston on August 20, 2011 at 22:30 — 2 Comments

Road to Morocco

Hi Everyone,
I have finally been able to arrange some time off work for late November-early December. We are going to be in Marrakech for a week, but hope to travel before for another week. Where should we go to look for pieces, what should we see, eat, etc.

Added by Becky Rogers on August 19, 2011 at 2:14 — 3 Comments


TO ANY POTENTIAL BUYERS OF TRUUS DAALDER'S BOOK *ETHNIC JEWELLERY AND ADORNMENT*: if you want to buy any book or books from us directly (rather than e.g. Amazon), please do so BEFORE 25 AUGUST, as otherwise supply will be interrupted until 1 NOVEMBER. Please note: DISCOUNTS apply on orders of 3 or more copies. For general info see…

Added by Joost Daalder on August 16, 2011 at 7:14 — No Comments

!!!!Help!!!! Looking for coral pendants!!!!


I need for a some jewelry fixing some coral pendants of this kind.

Preferably from north africa but not mandatory!

Branch coral with silver mounting and bale in the maximum length of 4 cm and thickeness in proportion

So if you have got any that you don't use and  are ready to sell or swap or you stumble across some on offer on the net , please drop me a line.

Thank you… Continue

Added by Alaa eddine SAGID on August 13, 2011 at 17:08 — 11 Comments

The Tribal and Antique Jewelry Fair in Amsterdam

25 september 2012 in Amsterdam


More info: Website Amsterdam Tribal Jewelry Fair:

                             TUAREG JEWELRY WEBSHOP:…


Added by Ineke Hemminga - Tuareg Jewelry on August 13, 2011 at 13:02 — 2 Comments

Activity tweets.

After many hours of coding and web jiggery pokery, Sean ( my husband ) has created a page here which solves the issues some members have raised in relation to the speed with which activity feed items leave the front page.

Members who are not able to log in daily are not able to see posts which have left the front page.  (We are only able to have the last 20 items on the front page).

Sean has created a twitter page for us. This tweets every post on the activity feed. If you…


Added by SARAH CORBETT on August 8, 2011 at 18:57 — 2 Comments


Hello everyone. I'm going to London in 2 days. Can anyone suggest any shops where I can find silver beads and rings?

Added by Carla Alicata on August 4, 2011 at 6:39 — 6 Comments

Upgrades and new features ...

Hi everyone,


Firstly a really huge thank you to those of you who very generously contributed to the hosting fees for our lovely network.

I was sent some really wonderful messages along with enough money to upgrade within days.

So a heartfelt thank you to those who have helped. (You know who you are, and I love you all!)


I have been changing a few things on the site, so take a look around, and see which features you like.


We have a…


Added by SARAH CORBETT on August 3, 2011 at 22:45 — 1 Comment

help wanted please- costume for an african heroine of the 1800's

A friend is costuming a short film and wants to represent "yaa Asantewaa" a queen mother and special legendary heroine of the 1800's in Kumasi.
She only found one hazy B+W photo portrait.
my guess is shiny Gold in quantity, multiple big bead bracelets, and maybe yellow+red bicone King beads? Obvious Krobo powder glass hadnt been developed yet.
If we get a grip on a big theme then we can improvise details to create the look-
Suggestions please!

Added by Stefany Tomalin on August 1, 2011 at 1:16 — 11 Comments

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