Ethnic Jewels

An appreciation of ethnic jewellery and adornment

For those interested in North African jewelry, Marie-Rose Rabate's book "  Jewels, from the High Atlas to the Draa valley "has been reprinted in 2015...Can be found on Amazon for £21.

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Comment by Alaa eddine SAGID on January 31, 2016 at 14:44

Cat socializing for the best and the worst :-)

will sure do, can't wait to receive it! Thanx again

Comment by Chantal on January 31, 2016 at 14:24

Being myself in its  cruel claws I recognize ADDICTION when I see it! Am often finishing the month considering eating my cats biscuits!

Please give us your opinion when you've received it.

Comment by Alaa eddine SAGID on January 31, 2016 at 14:19

I have ordered a copy, always excited to get an eye on a private collection.


OH, i am sure in a less financial ease than before the trip, but how on earth can i manage to escape the bug if it materialize in yet another piece of my passion, be it a book or a jewel.....sacrifices, sacrifices!!

Comment by Chantal on January 31, 2016 at 13:46

By the way its 31 Eur., not pounds. I tried to give you much more info but the blog blocked me after 140 signs..You can always wait until it gets cheaper  to Amazon.You must be "dry" after your trip to Indonesia!

Comment by Chantal on January 31, 2016 at 13:43

Yes I have and in my opinion its worth it. 47pages on the history of Berber jewelry and its influences. Makilam is a specialist of magic and symbols of Berber women. Ethnologist and historian. Born and bred in a Kabyle village. Look at her site ( photos.I am not in a position to detect mistakes if any but you would!

Comment by Alaa eddine SAGID on January 30, 2016 at 21:57

Do you already have a copy of this book Chantal. i would love to have your feedback to decide if it is worth buying.

Most of the times, the private collection books are very interesting be it for the only fact that they are less scholar and sometimes do have some very rare undocumented pieces

Comment by Chantal on January 30, 2016 at 21:42

Another one that I found very interesting (published 2015) by Makilam ( about the wonderful  Urszula Zanetti collection. Urszula lived 30 years in Algeria .The book is in German and French. About £31 from the publisher. Also interesting books from Makilam on on magie and symbolism amongst  Berber women.

Comment by Alaa eddine SAGID on January 30, 2016 at 19:19

There is indeed a great need to have serious reference books on North African jewels written in English, BUT the author has constructed it in a way that you can easily grab the important can of course use an online translator...The pictures are indeed fantastic and RABATE has had the very great opportunity to access  the THAU collection before it was sold recently (outstanding pieces of great quality and rarity) also she could access to the wonderful French and moroccan database picture collection....i was told that you can no more do so!

Comment by Lynn Ardent on January 30, 2016 at 19:13

I have the reprint.  It's fantastic and a bargain, and must be truly wonderful for those who read French.  :)

Comment by Alaa eddine SAGID on January 30, 2016 at 19:12

Thanx Chantal for the Update, this book is indeed is a must have and i dare to say that the author knows very much her "stuff"!



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