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An appreciation of ethnic jewellery and adornment

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Sri Lankan Pin mistaken for Spanish or Portugese rose cut stones FB discussion

Started this discussion. Last reply by Cordelia Donohoe Mar 29. 2 Replies

Happy to share my new find ,need a repair though :).. Antique Spanish or Portuguese gilt silver pin with rose cut stones (they did not test for diamonds but electronically tested between Spinel and…Continue

Tags: Spanish, Portugese, saree, stones, cut

Tunisian cone pendant with dangles

Started this discussion. Last reply by Cordelia Donohoe Mar 13. 2 Replies

A lovely smooth and tactile cone pendant from Tunisia. Would this have been worn as one pendant or as a pair. Does anyone know how it would have been worn?…Continue

Tags: pendant, dangles, silver, cone, Tunisian

Trying to ascertain age of these

Started this discussion. Last reply by Cordelia Donohoe Dec 5, 2015. 2 Replies

I'll show the back too…Continue

Tags: hallmark, earring, Kabyle

 

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MAURITANIAN pair of bracelets

These are variations on a style of bracelets from the Mauritanian, Layoune, Western Sahara type of knobby bracelet. Rare to find such a magnificent pair. Pairs of bracelets were the norm. And I always love finding two.
Thursday
Cordelia Donohoe commented on Edith D's blog post In Memory of C'est Magnifique
"Thanks for sharing Edith, I wish I could see more closely the shop contents. Cx"
Thursday
Cordelia Donohoe commented on bianca maggi's photo
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"Very interesting pieces, thanks so much for posting"
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Algerian bracelet pair

An extremely rare pair of Algerian bracelets. A silver copper mix with a higher silver plated interior. Comes from the Algerian south westConnected to the bracelet tradition of protruding parts coming from the East.Likely with a Jewish background…
May 14
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"Hi Nancy I would guess its Indian but Ive put it on FB as some of our experts are on there so lets see what they say!"
May 14
Nancy Lee Conklin commented on Cordelia Donohoe's photo
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Albanian waist coat

"Wonderful handiwork.Amazing."
May 13
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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 patterns in…See More
May 9
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"Nice! Although the Tunisian equivalents are of a slightly different model, these Algerian ones also migrate across the border and Tunisian ladies are happy to wear them. I have found that the Tunisian ones are typically also of a low grade silver…"
May 3
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Cordelia Donohoe commented on bianca maggi's photo
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"Rather magnificent It is difficult to find original old pieces now and there is a trade in newer ones. I dont know enough about this region to know how to date. Where did you find it? Warm wishes"
May 1
Cordelia Donohoe replied to Mark Wyndham-Jones's discussion Any help identifying this please
"Its possibly about 5 cms across?"
May 1
Cordelia Donohoe replied to Mark Wyndham-Jones's discussion Any help identifying this please
"Hi Mark, this looks to me like a Hill Tribe earring or temporal which would have been part of a pair. Vintage tribal Hmong silver earring from Laos. Warm wishes Cordelia"
May 1
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Ouled Nail bracelet

"Super bracelet!"
May 1
Charlotte Dakin-Norris commented on Cordelia Donohoe's photo
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Carved amber

"I see - I wouldn't want to wear them without a little soak in bicarb first then! Thank you for sharing...it would be all too easy to accept them as genuine without the heads up."
Apr 19
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Carved amber

"Hi Charlotte, it is very difficult to tell the age of these beads as they were produced over about 30 years. I somehow do not think that any of these are the earliest Bakelite ones tho. I think the main thing is that the carving is more recent…"
Apr 19
Charlotte Dakin-Norris commented on Cordelia Donohoe's photo
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Carved amber

"Very interesting to see! Am I correct that the dark red beads are old, but the lighter carved spots show that the resin has not oxidised yet, and therefore the spots are new?"
Apr 19

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Which types of jewellery especially interest you?
bracelets. earrings, rings necklaces
Jewels from which regions interest you?
North Africa, West Africa, India, Pakistan

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Agadez cross in Agadez

Posted on May 9, 2017 at 18:53 0 Comments

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…

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The khalili collections - superb site showing collections

Posted on April 18, 2017 at 18:30 0 Comments

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…

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The London Antique textile and Tribal Art Fair Sunday June 8th

Posted on May 31, 2014 at 22:39 1 Comment

'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

Hamsa question

Posted on March 21, 2014 at 19:30 3 Comments

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…

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Thank you, Cordelia, great to be here! 

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Any help identifying this please

Started by Mark Wyndham-Jones in Discussions. Last reply by Cordelia Donohoe May 1. 2 Replies

Tunisian cone pendant with dangles

Started by Cordelia Donohoe in Discussions. Last reply by Cordelia Donohoe Mar 13. 2 Replies

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