Ethnic Jewels

An appreciation of ethnic jewellery and adornment

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Silver in ethnic jewellery

This post grew out of a rich discussion of a Bulgarian pendant posted by Cordelia Donahue and my own realisation that I needed a simple framework to help me think about the sources of ethnic silver. It is not meant to be authoritative but I hope it will be useful. Do please offer corrections and extensions.

Silver is classified as a noble or precious metal along with gold and platinum. All other metals, such…

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Added by Thelma on April 3, 2017 at 13:30 — 9 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…

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Added by Thelma on June 8, 2016 at 13:00 — 3 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…

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Added by Thelma on February 4, 2016 at 13:25 — 16 Comments

Indian jewellery and textiles

Here is a delightful website: www.wovensouls.com and its sister wovensouls.wordpress.com. For the sale of jewellery, textiles and other artefacts from India - and for articles and slideshows about Indian culture and art, including one about Kutch.

Added by Thelma on June 24, 2013 at 10:54 — 2 Comments

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