Ethnic Jewels

An appreciation of ethnic jewellery and adornment

Cordelia Donohoe's Blog (8)

Agadez cross in Agadez

When I visited Agadez in the Sahara a couple of years ago I brought some sketches from the wonderful study of Jewellery and Techniques of the Sahara by Jean Gabus 1939. I had these crosses made which were early variations on the theme of the Agadez cross. The maker came from a long line of cross makers and I watched fascinated as he formed the moulds in beeswax, heating the coals with his goatskin bellows, then sanding and smoothing it down afterwards and then finally etching the…


Added by Cordelia Donohoe on May 9, 2017 at 18:53 — No Comments

The khalili collections - superb site showing collections

Professor Khalili is a world renowned scholar, collector, benefactor and philanthropist as well as a successful businessman. His collections, which consist of 35,000 items, include the arts of the Islamic World, Japanese art from the Meiji period, Swedish textiles, Spanish damascened metalwork and…


Added by Cordelia Donohoe on April 18, 2017 at 18:30 — No 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

Hamsa question

hello lovely peops. I have this wonderful old Moroccan hamsa and the symbols are really intriguing me. I am trying to find out all about it. Apparently the four petalled rose on a door means the house belongs to Christians. Does anyone think that it means that it is a Christian…

Added by Cordelia Donohoe on March 21, 2014 at 19:30 — 3 Comments

My daddy, bless him

A little piece I wrote on my dad in my blog, I only hope I can find such great things....…


Added by Cordelia Donohoe on February 17, 2014 at 17:41 — 5 Comments

Comments please

Hello everyone, Im having a correspondence with someone  who has what seems to be to be a relatively inexpensive Afghan Kuchi necklace along with a…


Added by Cordelia Donohoe on January 24, 2014 at 15:30 — 10 Comments



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