Ethnic Jewels

An appreciation of ethnic jewellery and adornment

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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

Another ebay mystery piece

This is a recent posting on ebay -- it is called a Nigerian water jug pendant. I have been unable to locate any reference at all to it online. Does anybody have any ideas? Looks a little like a tcherot to me.

Added by Patricia Deany on June 17, 2014 at 5:53 — 9 Comments

Confused about Kabyle

I know this very expensive piece from ebay is Kabyle but I am confused about the shape--  is this an isolated pendant or was it worn as part of a grouping of pendants in a headdress or some other piece of jewelry? It is the central piece of a necklace with modest branch coral and does not bear any enamel on the back. Is it old new, single or part of a larger piece, reworked?…


Added by Patricia Deany on June 16, 2014 at 2:01 — 6 Comments

Marjorie Ransom Book

This book has been the works for a long time and I just discovered it was available ( at a discount) via Amazon for preorder ( it is published here on July 12) Just a heads up for interested jewel lovers.

Added by Patricia Deany on June 12, 2014 at 12:44 — 20 Comments

NEWS! my brand new website - WWW.BEADTREASURES.COM

showing beads for sale-

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-

please have a look at WWW.BEADTREASURES.COM


Added by Stefany Tomalin on June 8, 2014 at 23:40 — 4 Comments

The London Antique textile and Tribal Art Fair Sunday June 8th

'Unusual pieces each with a story to tell take centre stage at this respected fair loved by collectors and interior designers. More than 50 exhibitors bring in their treasures collected from around the world -  African textiles, Asian rugs, embroideries and striking jewellery from as far as Africa and Afghanistan.' 10.30am to 5pm at the Olympia Hilton Hotel. Hope to see you there, Cordelia x

Added by Cordelia Donohoe on May 31, 2014 at 22:39 — 1 Comment

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