Ethnic Jewels

An appreciation of ethnic jewellery and adornment

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What is this buckle?

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…


Added by Lynn Ardent on January 26, 2015 at 14:33 — 10 Comments

Lecture on Yemeni Jewelry by Marjorie Ransom

I stumbled across a 2014 lecture by Marjorie Ransom at the US Library of Congress.

Added by Lynn Ardent on January 17, 2015 at 5:00 — 5 Comments

Help needed Re: Central Asian pieces' origin, possible age, etc?

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…


Added by Susanne Harlandt on January 11, 2015 at 22:54 — 7 Comments

On The Subject of Loubane. I would like to know more.....

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…


Added by Frankie Carter on January 6, 2015 at 23:09 — 4 Comments

18th century Cypriot or Turkish buckle on

There is a very nice one on, with a Star of David.  Missing a stone and setting which could be replaced by a good silversmith.   161544201387…


Added by Lynn Ardent on January 2, 2015 at 16:15 — No Comments

jewelry collection at year's end- verdigris

Every three or four months I inspect each piece of my collection for corrosion or verdigris. I think that is a very good idea for anybody with an extensive collection that they cannot keep in touch with on a daily basis. This time, I discovered some verdigris on a couple of my older pieces which had been stored in the same package, this told me that I had stored them wrong, not allowing enough airflow to get to them and that I had not allowed them to dry after I had cleaned them the last…


Added by Patricia Deany on December 26, 2014 at 15:30 — 11 Comments

What is this? Benares casting?

This bracelet recently appeared on eBay.  The casting is near-identical to the beautiful Benares enameled bracelets from India with the pink lotus flowers, but the enameling is quite different.  Does anyone know what this is?…


Added by Lynn Ardent on December 20, 2014 at 3:24 — 2 Comments

Cleaning Ottoman Silver

I wanted to share a method I have found for cleaning Ottoman low silver, that is silver which is 30-40% real silver content.  Many Ottoman jewels were made entirely or partially in this lower silver content.  For example, the buckle I will share has the filigree top in high silver, and the frame and chain/pin closure in the low silver.   However unlike a lot of supposed low silver which is not silver at all but nickel or tin, the Ottoman low silver pieces will have 30-40% silver content and…


Added by Lynn Ardent on October 25, 2014 at 1:59 — 8 Comments

all colours for this autumn

Added by Stefany Tomalin on September 1, 2014 at 17:19 — 4 Comments


Imagine what you can do with the most unusual, rare, antique, vintage, ethnic, trade and collectable beads- of all kinds of precious and unexpected materials-

for wearing, designing, jewellery making and embellishing- 

sold singly, in groups or ready-to-wear strands-

you are invited to have a look at …


Added by Stefany Tomalin on September 1, 2014 at 17:05 — No Comments

For Son of Hmong

I believe that recently one of our members asked where he may find some Moroccan crosses -- lo and behold a current ebay auction displaying many different shapes and sizes.

Added by Patricia Deany on August 19, 2014 at 12:21 — 1 Comment

some items of central asian

  i  find   central  asian  jewelries  r  the  most   pretty!…


Added by Son of Hmong on August 11, 2014 at 6:50 — No Comments

ear plugs Nepal

I found these ear plugs a short while ago. I searched the net but can't find much more than they are probably from Nepal. Anyone more information? Thanks!…


Added by Anne Marie Eleveld on August 9, 2014 at 21:07 — 1 Comment

a new finding in a urban hmong clothes shop

  this  kind  of  hmong  live  in  the    city,so  a lot of  them   dont  wear   tradtional   clothes   anymore.i   buy them  in a  real  low  price.…


Added by Son of Hmong on July 27, 2014 at 3:45 — 7 Comments

the items i wanna buy recently

  i dont know  why,this  kind  of  thing  is  hard  to find  .i  want  to  know  this  kind  of  pendant  and crown  only  use in   Bkhara?i  mean  the  decorate  style  which  use  blue  glass  beads  and  coral.…


Added by Son of Hmong on July 23, 2014 at 22:57 — 12 Comments

An interesting pendant/bead, much like Edith's avatar

Here is an interesting element I recently found on ebay. I was drawn to it because it looks so much like Edith D's avatar on ethnicjewels. It is described as a blue face  or god face pendant. Anybody know about these?

Added by Patricia Deany on July 18, 2014 at 11:57 — 3 Comments

Rare, damaged karakalpak tumar

i was astonished to see these two rare and very old Karakalpak tumars available on ebay this morning. The are unusual enough to deserve at least a look and actually probably belong in a museum. They are both tumars, both parts of a Ha'ykel., a pectoral amulet case for a woman and both very old. I am assuming they are a part of the same Ha'ykel. Karakalpak jewelry is extremely hard to find in the west -- and even in Uzbekistan is hard to see outside a museum. What impresses me so much in…


Added by Patricia Deany on July 7, 2014 at 15:00 — 3 Comments

Peule/Fulani earrings

the photo illustration comes from the "Belgravia library" so i hope i may show it with this attribution.

the earrings are very fragile thin gilt metal looking like whipped cream! in different sizes, and each pair has its own custom made box of stiff hide. 

They will soon be on my new website.

Added by Stefany Tomalin on June 22, 2014 at 10:40 — No Comments

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