Ethnic Jewels Magazine

Ethnic Jewels Magazine looks at adornment though jewellery, tattooing, textiles and body modification. Inside Ethnic Jewels Magazine you will find regular articles, book reviews, ethnic jewellery buying guides and historical insights into cultures and peoples of the world. Ethnic Jewels Magazine provides focus on specialist areas such as hair adornment, traditional, tribal and folk cultures. Ethnic Jewels Magazine is the first free online magazine which is focussed wholly on ethnic adornment and continues to grow as a resource for those with an interest or passion for the diversity of human adornment. Join our mailing list to stay informed of our recent work on the Ethnic Jewels Magazine website.

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Egypt’s Wearable Heritage by Jolanda Bos

Egypt’s Wearable Heritage by Jolanda Bos

Jolanda Bos is an archaeologist who has been travelling to Egypt for over 25 years. From the 1990s onwards she has worked in different excavations in the Egyptian deserts. She brings her archaeologists eye to an accessable yet scholarly study of Egypts’ contemporary yet still traditional and artisanal culture. This beautifully glossy book with its abundance…

Hair adorned

Of Combs and Saints by Barbara Steinberg

Of Combs and Saints by Barbara Steinberg

It was a time before nations. Celtic tribes ruled Gaul until they were conquered by the Roman Empire (121 – 51 BC). In the early 5th Century, Roman Gaul was overwhelmed by the Visigoths, Burgundians, and Franks until 481, when Frankish King Childeric I defeated the Visigoths, and his son King Clovis I united all…

Contemporary

Stefania Lucchetta

Stefania Lucchetta

Stefania Lucchetta was born and lives in Bassano del Grappa (Vicenza area), Italy. She holds degrees from Ca’ Foscari University in Venice (1999, BA with honors in Literature and Art History) and Scuola Italiana Design of Padua (2004, Master degree in Industrial Design), besides some modules previously taken at the Venice College of Fine Arts….

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The Kiani Crown

The Kiani Crown

  This opulent and splendid crown was worn for coronations in Iran during the Qajar dynasty (1796 – 1925) The Kayanian are a dynasty of Iranian legend, the Kayanian kings are the heroes of Avesta, the sacred writings of Zoroastrianism. The Kiani crown is a physical manifestation of the belief in the divine royal glory….

The Ngil Mask of the Fang and Amedeo Modigliani By Barbara Steinberg

The Ngil Mask of the Fang and Amedeo Modigliani By Barbara Steinberg

 The Fang were once an itinerant people, whose animist cult, bieri, was devoted to ancestor worship. Their statues had reliquary boxes attached, which the Fang carried with them. Without a reliquary box, a statue lost its power.  They had a secret society called Ngil (gorilla), accessible only to men. Its purpose was to initiate new…

Natalia Shabelsky

Natalia Shabelsky

Natalia Shabelsky (1841- 1905) was a lady with a true passion. This Russian noblewoman devoted her life to the conservation of endangered folk art traditions. Natalia travelled throughout Russia collecting fine textiles and eventually created a Museum in her Moscow home. A collection which housed over 4000 pieces. It was the largest collection of late…

Nath

Nath

A nath is a piece of jewellery used in India which is worn through a piercing in the nose. Nath are worn extensively by Indian women, however the tradition is likely to have originated in the Middle East, it is likely that the Mughuls brought the nath to India. The nath is worn in a…

The Southern Cross By Alaa Eddine Sagid.

The Southern Cross By Alaa Eddine Sagid.

The Southern cross, Boghdad/Boghdod or Moghdad is widely seen in West Africa and Southern Morocco. This type of pendant seems to be strongly connected to the Moors, and those with contact with the Moors, including the nomadic peoples in the Western part of the Sahara and all the other related groups as well as those who came…

Rashaida – The clothing of the nomads of Eritrea by Sarah Corbett

Rashaida – The clothing of the nomads of Eritrea by Sarah Corbett

The elaborate clothing of a Rashaida woman in instantly recognisable, the rich and intricate silver embroidery of the veils and the bold black and coloured embroidered dresses are testimony to many hours of highly skilled artistry. The richness of the Rashaida clothing is funded by very skilful herding, breeding, renting and selling of their camels;…

Kelly Munro – Designer

Kelly Munro – Designer

My inspiration is drawn from my heritage and homeland. I was born in a small town in the far north coast of Scotland, well known for its historical fishing industry. I am surrounded by small abandoned ports around the coast, and have had a particular interest in fishing equipment used in the past and present….

Whang Od –  Last Batok artist of Kalinga.

Whang Od – Last Batok artist of Kalinga.

In a small village called Buscalan in Kalinga, The Philippines A woman called Whang Od is possibly the last of her kind. At a sprightly 97 years of age she is keeping alive the traditions of her ancestors, the tradition is called “Batok” and is the art of tattooing. Tattooing has been practised in the…

Aggrab Al Fadda Beads by Sarah Corbett

Aggrab Al Fadda Beads by Sarah Corbett

  Sometimes in the world of bead collecting a style of bead comes to the foreground in terms of interest and desirability. In recent years the Aggrab Al fadda bead has been that specimen. This silver hollow bead is from Mauritania. The term Aggrab means bag, Al Fadda denotes a bag made from the body…

Rachel Boston – Designer

Rachel Boston – Designer

RACHEL BOSTON IS A LONDON BORN AND BASED JEWELLERY DESIGNER AND MAKER. Boston graduated in Jewellery Design from Central Saint Martin’s College of Art and Design and continued to study at the Gemological Institute of America in New York where she received her diploma in Diamond Grading. Her signature aesthetic of pure and strong forms…

Adornment, the start of the story! By Sarah Corbett

Adornment, the start of the story! By Sarah Corbett

  Jewellery has been documented for at least 7000 years of man’s existence and recent discoveries of shell beads in a cave in Morocco date back 111,000 years, a yet more recent discovery in Israel pre-dates this Moroccan find by 35,000 years! So it really seems that the drive to adorn has always been with…

Rings of the world J – P

Rings of the world J – P

A selection of rings worn around the world. So many styles, sizes, and shapes! Some to adorn and others with a purpose!

News

LOLLAND, DENMARK—A local man and his two sons have found a range of gold items on the Danish island of Lolland

LOLLAND, DENMARK—A local man and his two sons have found a range of gold items on the Danish island of Lolland, according to a report in The Local Denmark. Included in the find was a bracteate, or thin gold medallion dating to the Germanic Iron Age. Archaeologists at the Museum Lolland-Falster believe the amulet includes…

Undressed – A brief history of Underwear. V and A Museum

This exhibition explores the intimate relationship between underwear and fashion and its role in moulding the body to a fashionable ideal, with cut, fit, fabric and decoration revealing issues of gender, sex and morality. Exhibition details 

Crimean gold artefacts must go back to Ukraine, Dutch court rules

Kiev argued for return of treasures, which were on loan to Amsterdam museum when Russia seized the peninsula in 2014. A priceless collection of gold artefacts from Crimea that was on loan to a Dutch museum when Russia seized the peninsula must be returned to Ukraine and not Crimea, a Dutch court has ruled, in…

The Staffordshire Hoard

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND—Fragments of artifacts from the Staffordshire Hoard have been cleaned and are being fitted together in work funded by Historic England and public donations. The seventh-century Anglo-Saxon artifacts include a rare high-status helmet and a unique form of sword pommel that was in 26 pieces when it was uncovered. The pommel “combines multiple different…

Japanese mirrors

FUKUOKA PREFECTURE, JAPAN—A fragment of a mold used to cast bronze mirrors in 200 B.C. has been unearthed at the Sugu Takauta ruins in northern Kyushu. It had been thought that such tachukyo, or mirrors with knobs, had been imported from the Korean Peninsula at this time. The mold shows indentations to create knobs on…

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