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An appreciation of ethnic jewellery and adornment

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Protecting Our Global Heritage: Don't Buy Antiquities

Started this discussion. Last reply by Edith D Feb 26, 2015. 4 Replies

When I was in Tunis, I was offered antiquities for sale on a number of occasions.  As a heritage specialist, I know what treasure hunters do to graves and archaeological sites.  So I always refuse to…Continue

Collecting the Humble: (My two cents worth)

Started this discussion. Last reply by Chantal Aug 10, 2014. 69 Replies

Recently, it has come to my attention that some in our community think that only objects of the purest silver and gold are worth collecting.  People collect for many different reasons, and there is…Continue

Moshe Nemni, Reknowned Tunisian Silversmith

Started this discussion. Last reply by M.t.c.Janssen Jun 28, 2014. 11 Replies

Here is an interesting web site with a short article about Moshe Nemni and a video of a Tunisian silversmith working.…Continue

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Les Costumes Traditionnels Feminins de Tunisie

Started this discussion. Last reply by Edith D Jun 1, 2012. 1 Reply

I am currently searching for a copy of a book entitled "Les Costumes Traditionnels Feminins de Tunisie" by Aziza Ben Tanfous (ca. 1970).  If anyone has seen a copy of this book for sale, I would be…Continue

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Hair Pins from Central Java

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Hair Pins from Central Java

Javanese hair pins like these typically come in sets of three. Frequently the center pin has a slightly different motif. These pins came from the "Pura Mangkunegaran", a palace in Surakarta ("Solo"). I was told that they belonged to a member of…
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The Inseparable Couple

"Here are the "Loro Blonyo" (trans. "inseparable couple") figures seen at the entrance of many restaurants and hotels in Java. These are based upon an old tradition practiced by Javanese rice farmers.  The figures represent…"
Nov 17
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The Inseparable Couple

An old postcard showing a Javanese bride and groom in traditional dress. The "Loro Blonyo" wooden figures now seen all over Java represent the bride and groom. The roots of this custom are based upon an old custom designed to ensure a fertile rice…
Nov 17
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Mystery Bead

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Mystery Bead

I was told that this is a very old bead found on Java, but the seller did not have much information. I am not even sure what material this is made of, but it is dense and has a heavy weight for its size. It could be glass and some of the surface has…
Nov 14
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Dayak Warriors with Ear Weights

"The Indonesian Heritage Society jewelry group recently screened this documentary on Borneo tatoos.... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yvgEaxndXXs The designs in the documentary are the same designs as the ones on the shoulders of the warriors in the…"
Nov 13
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Enamel Louha Pendant from Djerba

"Dear EE, Would love to know more about "gates of paradise".  Particularly, what features are typical/required on these pendants and what does modern oral tradition say about their symbolism?  Then, what features do they share…"
Nov 13
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Enamel Louha Pendant from Djerba

"Dear Edith,  I have yet to upload information regarding the "gates of paradise" pendants from Morocco.  They rather exactly resemble early grave stele as well."
Nov 11
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Tunisian Cube Beads

"The form of these beads actually reference that of the ancient Carthaginian glass beads.  The "eye" shape in the center of the cube mimics the ancient glass beads.  The granulation applied at the corners is also identical to the…"
Nov 8
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Burmese Offering Bowl

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Burmese Offering Bowl

"This just goes to show that you can't trust what a seller tells you because often THEY do not know what they are selling you.  I am not complaining because I really like this piece.  But here you are, an image of another Hsun-ok....."
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Necklace - Karak-Jordan

"Yes, I know about the Circassian because I worked in Jordan for a number of years. Can you tell me, did you buy this in Karak? I have been there a couple of times, but spent most of my time in Amman."
Nov 6
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Enamel Louha Pendant from Djerba

"I have recently realized something interesting about these "louha" pendants.  As we all know these are named for the traditional writing boards children at the masjid use to practice their script.  BUT as with much of Tunisian…"
Nov 6
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"Thanks for this Alaa eddine!  I agree that although I have read Eudel's work with caution, I still find it enormously useful!  In terms of the holga, I simply found it interesting that I could not find a picture of it being used the…"
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At 21:59 on September 18, 2011, SARAH CORBETT said…

Hi Edith, I am delighted to welcome you to the ethnic jewels website.

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Warmest wishes

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A Visit to the Jade Market in Hong Kong

Posted on October 24, 2017 at 4:20 6 Comments

When visiting Hong Kong, a visit to the Jade Market on Kansu Street (near Tin Hau Temple) is highly recommended.  You will see a bit of local color and if you are not bothered by aggressive sales tactics, it is a fun outing. Yes, there are a lot of tourists, but local Hong Kong residents also buy here (although I…

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New Books on Tunisian Jewelry

Posted on October 6, 2017 at 4:08 12 Comments

When I lived in Tunisia, I frequented Monsieur Moncef Helioui's shop on many occassions.  He and his brother have a dusty, yet wonderful little shop on the Rue Jamiya Zetouna in the old Medina.  They are descendants of Ahmed Helioui, a well known 20th century silver smith in Tunis.

I have a number of items in my collection that were purchased from the Freres Helioui.  Shortly before I left Tunisia, Monsieur Moncef told me about a book that he was writing.  I was very delighted to come…

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In Memory of C'est Magnifique

Posted on May 18, 2017 at 7:00 2 Comments

Recently I learned that my favorite store in Greenwich Village has closed.  Along with the death of David Bowie, this was another cultural loss to mark the passing of my youth.  Back in the 1980s I sported spiked hair, purple lipstick and a pair of black shoes with silver skull buckles.  I always walked around with a…

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