Ethnic Jewels

An appreciation of ethnic jewellery and adornment

Patricia Deany's Blog (9)

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…

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

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…

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

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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

Karakalpak history, art, culture

Here is an interesting article in Hali, a critique of the Richardson's book on the Karakalpak, which provides some valuable info about the people and  their art. Not a whole lot on jewelry, but some great insight into and description of the embroidery and textiles. The author points out how important the history of a people is in developing their textiles -- what natural materials are present, what materials can be imported and from where, the timeline of  foreign interest in the region…

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Added by Patricia Deany on May 14, 2014 at 12:44 — 3 Comments

Collecting and Collectors and the words we use

Many members have had the opportunity and the means to collect what they consider tribal masterpieces over a long period of time. They are truly fortunate! We often use them as resources for verification of our own pieces and by and large these individuals are gracious and generous with their time and knowledge and we are most grateful to them. Many members, however, are just starting their collections and sometimes may feel that they are fighting an uphill battle in trying to acquire…

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Added by Patricia Deany on July 19, 2013 at 4:28 — 10 Comments

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