Ethnic Jewels

An appreciation of ethnic jewellery and adornment

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 the cross. Of course afterwards I had to go round to his house and meet all the kids and cast my eyes over his prize sheep!

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