Ethnic Jewels

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

Tags: Nemni, Moshe, Tunisia

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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Chantal commented on Edith D's blog post New Books on Tunisian Jewelry
"Great find Edith. Thanks +++"
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Comb with Silver

"I read one thing on line which claims that this is supposed to represent a Dewi Sri figure (fertility goddess).  ????  Here is an effigy of Dewi Sri from Bali made from palm leaves."
Oct 13
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Comb with Silver

This beautiful yet simple comb is made from buffalo horn and embellished with good silver. I was told that it was from Timor, but a similar model from Lombok is shown on page 199 of Carpenter et. al.
Oct 12
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Comb with Face -Tanimbar?

"And another example with same iconography...."
Oct 8
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Comb with Face -Tanimbar?

"Here is something I have been considering.  The headdress the lady below wears is indeed similar to those found in Sumba.  However, the carving on this comb is more similar to that seen on pieces from the Tanimbar Islands.  So, is…"
Oct 7
Edith D commented on Edith D's blog post New Books on Tunisian Jewelry
"You are most welcome! It is actually not the book I would recommend as an introduction to the subject.  However, if you are interested in Tunisian jewelry, M. Helioui has added some important information to the conversation.  His analysis…"
Oct 7
Thelma commented on Edith D's blog post New Books on Tunisian Jewelry
"Thanks very much for this useful information, Edith. I have only limited knowledge of Tunisian jewellery but this set sounds as if it would be a good addition to my collection of books."
Oct 7
Edith D commented on Cordelia Donohoe's blog post Berber facial tattoos
"Thanks for this reference Cordelia!  I saw this earlier on the web and couldn't remember where I had seen it."
Oct 6
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Dayak Harvest (Hudoq) Festival

An Historic photo, circa 1898-1900 showing Bahau warriors from East Kalimantan.
Oct 6
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Beaded Dayak Sash

"So, if I understand this iconography correctly, these creatures are "bird-serpents" from the Dayak creation myth.  According to the mythology, the universe was created by 2 bird-serpent like creatures who destroy each other in the…"
Oct 6
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New Books on Tunisian Jewelry

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 across his…See More
Oct 6
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louha pendant

"Hi Sara:  Hope you are well.  Can you tell me which country this pendant is from?"
Oct 2
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IMG_7806 Libyan Anklet

"Really beautiful! I almost missed the stamps on the left side of the photo!"
Sep 30
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Pendant from Mahdia or Moknine

"I have just realized that the shape of this piece is similar to the hila.  Coincidence???"
Sep 29
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Pendant from Mahdia or Moknine

"Thanks so much for this Jose! I have been convinced for a long time that the Punic, Roman, Fatimid and other influences on Tunisian jewelry have been ignored. Instead most collectors automatically apply the term "Berber" to every piece of…"
Sep 28
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Pendant from Mahdia or Moknine

"Indeed, Edith. Here you can find a link to a museum study (I am afraid it is Spanish ....) on the jewellery worn by the Lady of Baza and the Lady of Elche, another Iberian sculpture of V c (BC). It confirms the Phoenician influence.…"
Sep 28

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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.

I hope that you will enjoy browsing the content here, and getting to know the members of the community.

Warmest wishes

Sarah

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New Books on Tunisian Jewelry

Posted on October 6, 2017 at 4:08 3 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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