Ethnic Jewels

An appreciation of ethnic jewellery and adornment

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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…


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…


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

Testing Silver Content

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…


Added by Lynn Ardent on June 8, 2015 at 20:00 — 8 Comments

Removing old silver polish

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…


Added by Lynn Ardent on April 3, 2015 at 17:20 — 10 Comments

18th/19th century Yemeni exhibit

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…


Added by Lynn Ardent on March 18, 2015 at 13:12 — 24 Comments

The amber market

Here are links to a couple of interesting interviews related to the amber market, that I came across when trawling the web.

- The amber boom in China: an interview with Vivian Yang



Added by Preethi on March 1, 2015 at 13:17 — 8 Comments

Ifugao necklace for sale

If you are interested just send me a PM.

Added by Watze Kamstra on February 26, 2015 at 19:49 — 1 Comment

Learning your site

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

Added by Sherry Kunkle on February 16, 2015 at 12:00 — 2 Comments

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