Ethnic Jewels Magazine

Ethnic Jewels Magazine is a celebration of personal adornment in all of it’s wonderful forms. We study the ways in which people adorn themselves and express themselves though jewellery, tattooing, textiles and body modification. Drawing from historical, contemporary and diverse geographical sources we bring together great articles which explore the human desire to adorn, taking care to consider the cultural and environmental influences upon those forms of adornment.. Ethnic Jewels Magazine features writers who are experts in their field, and brings accurate and well researched content to you in a free online publication. Inside Ethnic Jewels Magazine you will find regular articles by experts, book reviews, ethnic jewellery buying guides, and historical insights in to the people who wear these wonderful creations. Ethnic Jewels Magazine provides focus on specialist areas, such as hair adornment, contemporary designers, and exhibitions. Ethnic Jewels Magazine is the first free online magazine which is focussed wholly on adornment, and continues to grow as a wonderful resource for those with an interest or passion for the beauty and diversity of human adornment. Join our mailing list to stay informed of our recent work on the Ethnic Jewels Magazine website and also the Ethnic Jewels Network which brings together the very best of Ethnic Jewels online content.

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Tensifa – Tetouan Morocco by Sarah Corbett

Tensifa – Tetouan Morocco by Sarah Corbett

Tetouan is a town in Northern Morocco with Strong Historical links to Grenada. In 1492 the Nasrid dynasty surrendered their rule of the Emirate of Granada. The surrender led to the mass arrival in Tetouan of those fleeing Spain. Moors who were of diverse religious and ethnic groups arrived in great numbers following an agreement…

Hair adorned

The Collector By Barbara Steinberg

The Collector By Barbara Steinberg

In the winds of the Central Asian steppes, in the heat of the Sahara, in the wild forests of Borneo, he picked up broken things — remnants of cultures disappeared. Then he took each piece and placed it in the puzzle of what happened to its people, whose lives had withered dismally into obscurity. He…

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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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Gache- Korean wigs and their adornments – by Sarah Corbett.

Gache- Korean wigs and their adornments – by Sarah Corbett.

A Gache (or Dari) was a large wig which originated in Northern Korea.. Originally worn by Korean women of high status and also by ( Kissaeng) Courtesans. Over decades the fashion for gache became widespread, and was adopted by women of all classes. The fashion for these enormous hairstyles endured for many years and was commonly…

Travelling for Jewels – Morocco with Sarah Corbett

Travelling for Jewels – Morocco with Sarah Corbett

  My journey with jewellery started in a tiny High Atlas village in Morocco around 10 years ago. I was running a company which set up fair trade co-operatives, and visited artisans in remote locations regularly. Occasionally women would ask to sell jewellery to me to raise funds to deal with various needs, such as…

The Lingam Necklace

The Lingam Necklace

A Lingam necklace is a silver casket worn to contain a piece of smooth oval stone called a Lingum. The Lingam ( Ishtalinga) stone is a natural river worn stone primarily of Jasper found in the Narmada river ( a tributary of the Ganges River) in India. The lingam stone represents the God Shiva. In…

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;…

Pafta Belts of the Balkans. By Gratiela Buzic.

Pafta Belts of the Balkans. By Gratiela Buzic.

  Belts and buckles : who wore them and why? Belts with metal buckles have been very popular items in the female dress style in the Balkans sincethe XVIII th century and their popularity was believed to came as Ottoman influence in the area. Even the word used to name the metal buckles comes from…

The Kayapo People – Brazil

The Kayapo People – Brazil

The Kayapo people are an indigenous tribe from the Mato Grosso and Para plains of Brazil. They live along the Xingo river in the East of the Amazon rainforest. The name Kayapo means “those who look like monkeys” a name which is likely to derive from rituals which include the wearing of monkey masks. The…

Zaouli

Zaouli

Zaouli is a mask of the Dje LaLou. The Gouro ethnic group from Manfla in the Cote d’Ivoire, West Africa, uses it in a traditional mask dance drumming ceremony.  LaLou Zaouli was a goddess for the Gouro people and the words ‘Djela Lon Zaouli’ mean ‘The Lions daughter’. The Zaouli dance is a seductive dance,…

Maasai

Maasai

  The Maasai people live nomadically in southern Kenya and northern Tanzania, also known as the great lakes region. The origins of the Maasai people has been traced back to the 15th century in the lower Nile valley. The Maasai worship a single deity called Enkai or Engai; Enkai has two personas, Enkai Narok (…

Tanit – The original great goddess. By Sarah Corbett

Tanit – The original great goddess. By Sarah Corbett

Tanit –  Thinit – Tanis – Rat Tanit – Lady of Carthage – Lady of the Sanctuary – Tinit – Tank – The face of Ba’al – The heavenly Goddess – Tanith – The heavenly virgin. All are names to represent the original great goddess, an ancient and powerful force and symbol of fertility and…

MAPUCHE TRADITIONAL ADORNMENT by Leonor Arnó

MAPUCHE TRADITIONAL ADORNMENT by Leonor Arnó

Mapuche ethnic adornment is the great unknown for lovers of ethnic jewelry. Being a silversmith work without major technical challenges, it has great aesthetic strength for the simplicity of its shapes and the great originality of its designs. The Mapuche people live on the Andes Mountains, straddling Argentina and Chile, between the Aconcagua River and…

A Tribal Rite of Spring in Paris by Barbara Ann Steinberg

A Tribal Rite of Spring in Paris by Barbara Ann Steinberg

In the early 20th Century, European artists stripped antiquities and African tribal art of their religious significance. The pieces, with bold, minimalist shapes and lines, influenced Modernism and Cubism in design, only, as artists explored the relationship between humanity and the Industrial Revolution. Diaghilev’s Ballet Russes was acclaimed for bringing modern dance to Parisian audiences…

Anthony Rousell

Anthony Rousell

Award winning Artist and Designer, Anthony Roussel creates beautiful intricate sculptural jewellery inspired by the epic sweep of the British coastline and a passion for modern architecture. Roussel applies delicate flowing lines and sweeping curves, meticulously layering sheets of wood into sinuous forms. His fascination with the repetitive linear patterns found within geological rock formations…

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…