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…Continue
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?
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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
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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…Continue
Marjorie Ransom writes that the vast majority of available Yemeni jewelry was made in the 20th century, and that the prominent styles of Bedihi and Bawsani did not develop until early in the 20th century. She says that she will have the 19th century pieces in her next book which focuses on the silversmiths that made the jewelry. She also at once point writes that much 19th century silver in Yemen was a 50/50 silver/metal mix.
I found a museum exhibit which has 18th and 19th…Continue
Here are links to a couple of interesting interviews related to the amber market, that I came across when trawling the web.
I have a question about a pair of bracelets I bought . I have seen a picture on the web of these and I own a pair but can not find any info . P1180047.JPG
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…Continue
I stumbled across a 2014 lecture by Marjorie Ransom at the US Library of Congress.
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…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
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