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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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…

BERBER WOMEN OF MOROCCO by Leonor Arno Pons

BERBER WOMEN OF MOROCCO by Leonor Arno Pons

I’ve visited this week this magnificent exhibition in the Yves Saint-Laurent Foundation located in Paris, not far from the Quai Branly Museum. The quality of the jewels exhibited is amazing, items which are impossible to see on the market anymore. A big part of them are from the own collection of Yves Saint Laurent and…

Thoth: Shaman from the Lands of the Festad by Barbara Ann Steinberg

Thoth: Shaman from the Lands of the Festad by Barbara Ann Steinberg

His father was a Russian Jew; his mother came from Barbados. Their son Stephen Kaufman was born in 1959. His parents protected their family with a joyful, loving, blissful world, filled with understanding between peoples — until they went out. “I didn’t understand what people were so angry about,” he said. “To be that young…

Artistic and Ornamental Japanese Combs, by Miriam Slater

Artistic and Ornamental Japanese Combs, by Miriam Slater

For the Japanese comb collector, it is helpful to be able to discern the difference between artistic and decorative pieces. Auction prices often confirm the fact that the more art qualities a a piece has, the more collectable it becomes. Decorative hair combs (which are often quite beautiful in their own right), will not possess…

Items from the Jen Cruse Collection, On Sale

Items from the Jen Cruse Collection, On Sale

Jen Cruse, author of The Comb: Its History and Development, is selling some of her ethnic collection at Michael Backman Ltd, an art gallery in London. Many of these pieces appear in her book. The descriptions are as scholarly and beautifully phrased as Cruse’s writing. Whether buyer or student, these combs are worth your consideration….

Designer –  Anna Holland

Designer – Anna Holland

  Over the years, I have been drawn to the study of antique and ancient beads and artifacts.   The impetus and inspiration for my jewelry designs is fed by the fascinating history and stories behind these pieces of stone, shell, glass, and metal that are decades, centuries and, at times, millennia old. My unique…

Ta Moko – New Zealand by Sarah Corbett

Ta Moko – New Zealand by Sarah Corbett

Ta Moko is the practice in New Zealand by the indigenous Maori people of adorning the face with black spiralled designs. These designs were traditionally chiselled into the skin with tools called ‘Uhi’. This left grooves in the skin rather than the smooth surface one would find after tattooing. The designs of Ta Moko are…

Beads from Briare.

Beads from Briare.

  Jean Felix Batterposses was an entrepeueur, an inventor, a landowner a patriach and a businessman.   His impact on the development of the French town of Briare was huge. His factory produced beads and buttons in Briare from 1851 he had factories in other locations previously where he manufactured these wares. The Beads which…

Review- Musee des Bijoux Nawahi, Marrakech 

Review- Musee des Bijoux Nawahi, Marrakech 

THIS MUSEUM IS NOW CLOSED Amongst the labyrinthine alleyways of the medina of Marrakech lies a small gem of a museum. This ancient riad has been renovated in a stylish and imaginative fashion to house a collection dedicated to the jewellery of North Africa. With an especially good Tuareg collection on the ground floor including…

Susan storm .. Aka Savanna Caravan

Susan storm .. Aka Savanna Caravan

My mother wore Mikimoto and Balenciaga. She hated travelling. I am eternally peripatetic, wear Uzbeki, oud and Turkish coats. We were always embarrassed by the other. She willed me her fox fur, but I wanted her rope of Amber beads. The real legacy she left me was the eyes and nose of a savvy collector,…

Tattoos Image gallery M – P

Tattoos Image gallery M – P

Part three of the Tattoos Around the World series Tattoos from M – P Tattoos in a tribal context are as much a communicator as they are a means of Adornment. They can be understood in the capacity of an expression of self, a sign of religious belonging, or relieve symptoms of spiritual or physical…

The American Museum of Natural History, by Barbara Steinberg

The American Museum of Natural History, by Barbara Steinberg

  I saw guards mechanically repeat, “Tickets, only. Go around the corner,” on magnificent steps with statues of Teddy Roosevelt, Swerving, sweaty lines, a Tower of Babel sound wall, and black ropes framed my life for the next hour Then — the ticket, elephants, and stuffed parrots from people who thought manicured death educates. Why?…

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…