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An appreciation of ethnic jewellery and adornment

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What is your everyday ethnic jewel that you wear

Started this discussion. Last reply by Yvette Jan 14, 2014. 9 Replies

Hi dear forum members,I recently posted a discussion asking what is your preferred piece of jewelry.Let us see if through your passion for ethnic jewelry you came to adopt that little bracelet you…Continue

How to make better pictures of jewelry we want to share in the forum?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Harald Oct 8, 2012. 10 Replies

We all are very blessed to be part of this forum, sharing knowledge and building friendships. One of my favourite thing  here is to post and view photos, but i found it always awkward to take…Continue

What is your one piece prefered jewelry ?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Eva Baby Jul 10, 2012. 22 Replies

From your private collection or from that of a famous museum. It may also be a picture of another member here or one that you just pickec from the net or from a book (with all due respect to…Continue

From Timbuktu to North Africa, when the Sahara was a civilization's medium

Started this discussion. Last reply by ingrid Langerak Feb 5, 2014. 15 Replies

Since the first travel accounts of Morocco were made by Arab and European explorers during the Middle Ages the jewellery of North Africa has aroused great interest.A plethora of ethnologists, during…Continue


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Sonja Waschke commented on Alaa eddine SAGID's photo

Burmese resin ear plugs

"These are made of burmese amber."
Apr 16, 2018
Alaa eddine SAGID commented on Edith D's photo

Riti Knei Bracelet from Timor

"I wonder wether you are still visiting the Surabay street market in jakarta? have you met with the dealer with the most of jewels? There is a mostly silverware gallery selling some nice old jewels near the backpacker neighbourhood that you may want…"
Feb 12, 2018
Alaa eddine SAGID commented on Edith D's photo
Feb 12, 2018
Alaa eddine SAGID commented on Edith D's photo

Tihama Bracelets

"I have this book and i barely noticed this page. Your remark is spot on regarding the Yemeni connection and i bet you had (or soon will) find a lots of the yemeni classical blacelets on offer and labelled as either Javanese or South Sumatra…"
Feb 12, 2018
Alaa eddine SAGID commented on Edith D's blog post New Books on Tunisian Jewelry
"The one i was talking about from Sugier's book. It does seem the "Holga" does not fasten or tighten the belt proper, but is attached to the belt more like a waist adornment hanging, so not used in a practical way, only on the…"
Dec 9, 2017
Alaa eddine SAGID commented on Edith D's blog post New Books on Tunisian Jewelry
"Your last interrogation is something i can not answer rather than on two minor point: Etimologically the local name of these is "HOLGA" from classical arabic "HALAQA" which literally means everything that is round on itself or…"
Oct 31, 2017
Alaa eddine SAGID commented on Edith D's blog post New Books on Tunisian Jewelry
"At least i could read the side vertical sentences which translates to "Allah is the protector", it does not fit with the regular Quran verses one always sees on the classical old Tunisian ones! It is definetely a very early amulet and more…"
Oct 31, 2017
Alaa eddine SAGID commented on Edith D's blog post New Books on Tunisian Jewelry
"Similarities are so striking in the example i posted that i had doubted it could date back to the suggested era and place. This amulet belongs to the louvre since it was gifted by the BARON DAVILLIER in 1885.... few years after tunisia was occupied…"
Oct 30, 2017
Alaa eddine SAGID commented on Edith D's blog post New Books on Tunisian Jewelry
"A shared joy Edith! Maybe one of the most startling example of these historical models is this one i had just discovered in the Louvre museum collection. i would not be surprised if you know it already for you have in your collection an example of…"
Oct 30, 2017
Alaa eddine SAGID commented on Edith D's blog post New Books on Tunisian Jewelry
"Since most of the reference books on ethnic jewelry are done by western scholars often drawing on the cataloguing techniques inherited from colonial times, it is always very interesting to have access to locally produced readings with further…"
Oct 29, 2017
Alaa eddine SAGID commented on Jose M. Pery's photo

Anklets, Kabylia (Algeria)

"At last i know who got these beauties and honestly i am very happy that it is one of the forum members. These are always very heartwarming when you discover the unusual (for kabyle pieces i mean) and exquisite patterns once they are cleaned. I have…"
Oct 29, 2017

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Berber happenings keep unfolding in Paris!!!

Posted on January 29, 2014 at 7:53 13 Comments

Berber women of Morrocco


March 21 - July 20, 2014

The Fondation Pierre Bergé – Yves Saint Laurent is proud to announce the opening of its 21st exhibition, Berber Women of Morocco. It is an occasion not only to share the richness of the Amazigh civilization, but also to honor Berber women, to whom the Amazigh culture owes its…


A wonderful online book on east african jewels

Posted on November 8, 2013 at 14:30 3 Comments

JOSE has unearthed an online book on east african jewels!


click here to domnload the book on your browser (PDF)


It might be the only reference book on the subject, rich with many a picture of jewelry and local people wearing it.


Written in Spanish and French


Happy reading



Silver beads ID?

Posted on April 4, 2012 at 20:20 10 Comments

Does anyone know from were these delicacies come from?

Thanx very much

Chinese silver hallmark ID ?

Posted on March 23, 2012 at 19:57 1 Comment

Any info on this hallmark found on this beautifully carved chinese (?) large necklace.

Thank you…


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At 11:44 on November 8, 2013, Nyein Chan Oo said…


At 0:03 on November 6, 2013, SARAH CORBETT said…
Hi Alaa, welcome back and big congratulations on completing Hajj. Blessing be upon you x
At 18:23 on May 4, 2013, Angela Lovett said…

Thank you Ayis! Pleasure to meet you! It was an incredible trip - one of the best travel experiences of my life!

At 23:37 on August 21, 2011, Becky Rogers said…
At 21:13 on July 19, 2011, Isabel Iglesias said…
J'ai envie de tout ta connaissance...
At 18:47 on July 19, 2011, Eva Baby said…
Hi, thank you for your message. I had replied with a real long message, talking and talking about Mali and my experience.. there.. and then it made "shwupps" and all disappeared. I don't know why this always happens to me on this website. I am sorry, I need now a break and will answer tomorrow. I wrote a lot, and it is all gone.... Sorry, I will try tomorrow, when I am fresh and full of energy... With best regards, Eva
At 2:34 on July 19, 2011, Becky Rogers said…

Hi Ayis,

have you had any luck with MarocAntics via email, or are you able to go in person?


At 22:46 on June 16, 2011, Ethnic Embellishments said…
Hello Ayis, I just posted two photos of a bead which has very similar work to your bracelets.
At 7:04 on June 15, 2011, manish khavadiya said…
we are collectors & dealers of gypsy textile antiques & jewellery from south and central India.we are looking for buyers collectors for the same kindly feel free to contact us.kindly add us to your network.we can also mail you the pictures of original antique check our profile it has some great pictures.
kindly visit us when you come to new Delhi,India
At 20:40 on June 11, 2011, Ethnic Embellishments said…
Hello Ayis, sorry to bother you.  I was wondering if you could give me any feedback regarding the Tunisian collar I posted a photo of today.  Thanks!



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