When visiting Hong Kong, a visit to the Jade Market on Kansu Street (near Tin Hau Temple) is highly recommended. You will see a bit of local color and if you are not bothered by aggressive sales tactics, it is a fun outing. Yes, there are a lot of tourists, but local Hong Kong residents also buy here (although I would wager that they get much better prices than the…Continue
When I lived in Tunisia, I frequented Monsieur Moncef Helioui's shop on many occassions. He and his brother have a dusty, yet wonderful little shop on the Rue Jamiya Zetouna in the old Medina. They are descendants of Ahmed Helioui, a well known 20th century silver smith in Tunis.
I have a number of items in my collection that were purchased from the Freres Helioui. Shortly before I left Tunisia, Monsieur Moncef told me about a book that he was writing. I was very delighted to come…Continue