Ethnic Jewels

An appreciation of ethnic jewellery and adornment

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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

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

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

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


I'm going to post a series of photographs of work I have pursued over the past thirty years, during which time I have made quite a few necklaces from Tibetan/Himalayan elements.  I will begin with earlier pieces and proceed to some great necklaces made in recent years.  Jamey

Added by Jamey D. Allen on April 16, 2014 at 7:31 — 39 Comments

A wonderful online book on east african jewels

JOSE has unearthed an online book on east african jewels!


click here to domnload the book on your browser (PDF)


It might be the only reference book on the subject, rich with many a picture of jewelry and local people wearing it.


Written in Spanish and French


Happy reading



Added by Alaa eddine SAGID on November 8, 2013 at 14:30 — 3 Comments


This article is one of the series of blog articles from a recent trip to a small Aryan Dard settlement in the Himalayas.

The population of this group is less than 5000 so this is a vanishing culture.

A very humble and simple group of people with spectacular costumes and jewelry.


Please click below to see more…


Added by Jaina Mishra on October 28, 2013 at 12:13 — 9 Comments

Some Fantastic Heirloom Skeypuks from Ladakh

Skeypuks are worn as collars on the neck. Legend has it that one of the queens had a thyroid problem that led to a swelling on the neck. An ornament was created to cover this up. Naturally, the Queen was a 'key opinion leader' and so this fashionable neckpiece was adopted by other women. 

Most are made of coral and have turquoise, lapis, pearl and silver embellishments. Some have silver ghaus as well. And others have square amulets.Others are large and may take on proportions…


Added by Jaina Mishra on September 28, 2013 at 4:46 — 13 Comments

Identify Maria Theresa Thaler according to Variants

I came across this informative page while doing research on the Maria Theresa Thaler.  It helps identify mint and strike date of the ubiquitous 1780 coin according to variants:

Added by Nada on August 1, 2013 at 18:15 — No Comments

To us all..........

This forum is intended to be a community, a place which belongs to all of the members, It is purposely designed to be open to us all to post pictures, ideas, questions and information. And not a celebration of the opinions or the collection of the creator of the forum.

My hope when establishing the forum was to offer a platform for discussion and interaction, a place where everyone who wished to could share their interest/ love/ passion/ obession with Adormnments of all types and… Continue

Added by SARAH CORBETT on November 29, 2012 at 9:14 — 3 Comments

Sylvia and other irritants!

Hi folks

the latest site pest is very persistant.

Mrs Sylvia has managed to re join, and has answered the questions which the new sign up process requires.

This means that Mrs sylvia is a person rather than a spam bot, it could be a persistant someone we already know of!!

this is an epic place filled with wonderful people, so I guess that it is only natural that people would want to be a part of it...but those who have behaved badly aren't welcome, and just dont…


Added by SARAH CORBETT on June 29, 2013 at 19:25 — No Comments


Skin is the boundary between the inner world of the mind and the outer world of nature: what anthropologists call a liminal zone. Body adornment (jewelry, clothing, art, etc.) can be seen as an attempt to mediate this boundary and project some of that inner world outward.   Thank you  Sienna for this quote

Added by SARAH CORBETT on July 21, 2011 at 10:02 — 1 Comment

Book on Yemeni jewelry to be published

I just got information of the American University in Cairo that they expect the manuscript of Marjory Ransoms book: Silver treasures of the land of Sheba, soon.

May be some of you have interest in this book.

Added by Harald on February 9, 2012 at 9:35 — 3 Comments

new tour date announced...

A two centre tour in the south of Morocco.

Just 5 places on this wonderful tour, luxurious accommodations, fabulous food, and of course stunning jewels!!


click the link below to see the current choice of tours:


warmest wishes



Added by SARAH CORBETT on January 11, 2012 at 2:16 — 2 Comments


Added by SARAH CORBETT on January 18, 2012 at 13:54 — 2 Comments

e bay listings

Lots of great deals to be found in my e bay shop today!!

Added by SARAH CORBETT on January 5, 2012 at 19:34 — No Comments

Vivid Vault developments!

We have added a new feature to the site, which allows you to share images and links directly to your facebook, G+ or twitter accounts..

Take a look, click away and share the beauty of these wonderful jewels.

Added by SARAH CORBETT on January 11, 2012 at 22:27 — 1 Comment

collector emptor- "Turkmen Jewelry" book, Layla Diba

'Scholarship' is an unfortunate term to use in reviewing this book. The examples include many that are loosely dated, made for the gullible collector's market, or bear fake patinas. Some of the descriptions are just flat-out wrong, for example, pressed  red glass pieces with islamic inscriptions that were manufactured in Europe identified as 'carnelian'.It is certain that more experienced collectors are going to be commenting on this book and wondering why an institution like the MET would…


Added by Alan Suits on January 9, 2012 at 19:11 — 1 Comment

January Tour availability

I have one room become available for the January tour to Marrakech.

Please drop me a line if you are interested in joining us for the trip.


Jewels of…

Added by SARAH CORBETT on December 27, 2011 at 12:06 — 1 Comment



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