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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A Story of Two Rings by Truus Daalder

A Story of Two Rings by Truus Daalder

  This story really starts with an electrical fault in our house. The electrical firm promised to send our usual, pleasant and utterly competent electrician after he had finished another job. So somewhat later in the afternoon he arrived, but unexpectedly brought an apprentice we had never seen before, because he had always come by…

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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Collector – Toya Erickson

Collector – Toya Erickson

Khamsa – The Hand in North African Jewelry The khamsa, or hand, is a widely used symbol in North African jewelry. In design it can take the form of a realistic human hand with four fingers and a thumb, or it can take a stylized form which is more representational. Either way, the khamsa is…

Asyk By Sarah Corbett

Asyk By Sarah Corbett

The Asyk Worn by the Turkoman peoples of Central Asia, the asyk is an imposing adornment which is suspended from the hair by use of plaits as a back ornament. There are many sizes and decorative styles, all of them incorporate a symbol which to the Western eye is a heart, although it is more…

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…

Tibetan ornaments worn on the belt or attached to clothes by Truus Daalder

Tibetan ornaments worn on the belt or attached to clothes by Truus Daalder

Many ornaments were sewn onto the clothes of Tibetan nomads by means of lugs, as protective amulets and functional items for easy use during their travels. This can be seen, for example, in the concave ornament shown in figure 1 which is adorned with small pieces of turquoise and silver-gilt metal in circles around a…

Asrou n swoul.

Asrou n swoul.

The attire of a Tuareg woman of the African Sahara consists of a large rectangular piece of fabric. The fabric, also known as Mellhafa is held in place in the billowing winds of the Sahara by a very particular and unique piece of jewellery. The Asrou n swoul, meaning the key which will be thrown…

Catacomb Saints

Catacomb Saints

Between the 16th and 19th century, by order of the Vatican thousands of ancient Roman corpses were exhumed from the catacombs of Rome.These skeletal remains were given fictitious names and were sent abroad as relics of saints. Although it is unlikely that any of the corpses were of religious significance, the remains were decorated, bejewelled…

How Do You Reconcile Beauty and Truth? by Barbara Steinberg

How Do You Reconcile Beauty and Truth? by Barbara Steinberg

In 1789, the French Revolution started a political pendulum that swung sharply between Republic and Empire. The 1848 Revolution installed a democratic republic, whose electorate put Prince Louis-Napolèon Bonaparte and his Imperialist party into power. Napolèon III adopted the earlier revolution-motto Liberté, égalité, fraternité, but in 1851, he staged a coup and proclaimed the Second French Empire….

Ivory

Ivory

  Ivory is a material which is historically used widely in adornment. Ivory is the tusk or tooth of an animal, including : the elephant, the walrus, the boar, the hippopotamus, the sperm whale, the narwhal and the crocodile. Ivory can be identified as it carries a distinct striation pattern called Schreger lines. The formation…

Slovak folk blue cloth by Sarah Corbett.

Slovak folk blue cloth by Sarah Corbett.

Blue (indigo) printing was a flourishing art form in Slovakia 50 years ago; 5 years ago the last remaining traditional artisan (Stanislav Tmka) in this ancient technique passed away aged 75. During the 1950’s there were many artisan dyers working with indigo blue pigments and using hand printing processes to create cloth for elements of…

Book Review. Silver Treasures from the Land of Sheba – by Marjorie Ransom –

Book Review. Silver Treasures from the Land of Sheba – by Marjorie Ransom –

Author – Marjorie Ransom Photography – Robert K . Liu ISBN – 978 977 416 600 6 Published by www.aucpress.com – 2014 Whilst working in the diplomatic service in the Middle East, Marjorie Ransom began to ‘rescue’ silver jewels from the melting pot. Marjorie studied the origins and cultural history of those pieces of adornment….

Jill Hermans

Jill Hermans

Based in Melbourne, Jill is interested in the ways desire has inspired humans, driven them to create and motivated them to adorn. Having completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Metals and Jewellery) at Monash University, she examines how the quality of colour and sensation of tactility dictates our desire and attraction in relation to jewellery….

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

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…

A farmer in southeastern Poland unearthed three gold bracelets

KROSNO, POLAND—A farmer in southeastern Poland unearthed three gold bracelets tied with golden wire that are thought to date to between 1600 and 400 B.C. “We will study the place of discovery because we want to determine whether it was a discovery of a treasure, or perhaps remains of a burial ground,” Jan Gancarski, director…

Royals and Regalia: Inside the Palaces of Nigeria’s Monarchs

The Newark Museum presents; “Royals and Regalia: Inside the Palaces of Nigeria’s Monarchs,” a collection of photographs from George Osodi’s project, George has visited the palaces of over 20 kings and queens all over Nigeria. The project is intended to show off Nigeria’s history and cultural complexity, and to promote harmony in a country often torn apart by ethnic and…

‘Kimono: A Modern History’ at the Met Tells Rich Stories Through Fabric

When clothing appears at the Metropolitan Museum, it’s typically a big to-do involving the Costume Institute, haute couture and numerous theatrical set pieces. (See, for instance, the current exhibition of Victorian mourning attire.) But “Kimono: A Modern History,” quietly folded into the museum’s Arts of Japan Galleries, is a different kind of fashion show. It’s…