ethnic jewels

An appreciation of ethnic jewellery and adornment


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

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Comment by ingrid Langerak on July 20, 2014 at 7:10

Looking forward to seeing your creations.

Comment by ingrid Langerak on July 20, 2014 at 7:08

Hi Jamey, I failed seeing this lovely temple piece, just because of this discussion I picked up on it.  That must have been an enormous time consuming piece.  It is always a challenge to give it the warmth that goes with ethnic jewellery.  I do the same with Ethiopian materials.  Some times I just restrung or make up a new piece of the materials, that is also done by most of strung ethnic pieces.  Previous owners are always bizzy securing their stringing or adding.  I feel myself also priveledged to have these warm handmade pieces in my possession to work with and than the joy to see your necklace still worn after sometimes 25 yrs after it was bought off you.  Reading your statement I do  have exactly the same happy feeling. Gr. Ingrid.

Comment by Jamey D. Allen on July 20, 2014 at 3:57

Thanks very much for your kind comments.  I am a man who loves his work--and am grateful for the opportunities I've had to work with great materials.  Jamey

Comment by Savanna Caravan on July 20, 2014 at 0:39

Stunning work Jamey.  Breathtaking to behold. Very satisfying to see the old turquoise with such beautiful lustre.  

Comment by Annie Boehm on June 29, 2014 at 22:02

What lovely work Jamey! Thanks for the pictures and the information. Loved this post!

Comment by Eva Baby on April 21, 2014 at 8:56

Wonderful necklaces! Enjoy very much to see them!  Thanks, will read the stories now.

Comment by Toya on April 16, 2014 at 17:07

Jamey-Thank you for sharing your incredibly beautiful designs. I enjoyed learning the story behind each creation. I have bought beads from many of the dealers you mention so I also enjoyed a trip down memory lane. So many great things were for sale in the old days.

Comment by Jamey D. Allen on April 16, 2014 at 12:14

P.S.  To get the correct sequence, begin at the bottom and work your way up (!).  JDA.

Comment by Jamey D. Allen on April 16, 2014 at 12:01

In contrast to the previous, this is an authentic Tibetan piece, that has been entirely restrung by me, for its owner.  It consists of tiny seedcorals, strung into a long tassel, with a few translucent glass beads that resemble opals, a single spherical turquoise bead, and two gold ornaments.  One is a purbha, and the other an ornate tabular repouseé bead.  Above the purbha are ten coral disks, and the whole tassel hangs from a macramé loop.  This piece is a temple hanging.

I hope this has been entertaining.  Jamey

Comment by Jamey D. Allen on April 16, 2014 at 11:50


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