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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Spirit Locks of the Hmong by Sarah Corbett

Spirit Locks of the Hmong by Sarah Corbett

Spirit Locks are pendants worn by the Hmong and Akha hill tribe people of Thailand, Burma and Laos. Traditionally these Padlock- esque pendants are worn around the neck often as a counter weight at the back of a neck ring. The spirit lock is believed to keep the soul, which resides within the head locked…

Bindi

Bindi

  Traditionally worn in India a bindi is a decoration of the forehead, usually a red dot, although other colours and jewelled versions are also used. The bindi is mentioned in the earliest Sanskrit text. Traditional Application is with the finger tip using vermilion powder, however a circular stencil and sticky wax paste is often…

The Art of Chinese Ivory Comb Carving – Jen Cruse

The Art of Chinese Ivory Comb Carving – Jen Cruse

When trade links with China were re-established in the 18th century, the earliest and largest markets were in the West. Chinese teas and silks were the prime commodities of trade with Europe and America and an increasing demand for items such as porcelains, ivories (from African elephant tusks) and fans developed over time. Primarily centered…

Rita Okrent – Bead Dealer and Designer of Exquisite Necklaces

Rita Okrent – Bead Dealer and Designer of Exquisite Necklaces

Rita became interested in making jewelry in the early 1970s when she took a silversmithing class through the local community college. By the mid-1970’s, she had developed an interest in ethnic beads and artifacts and began designing necklaces. In 1977-1978, Rita and the family lived abroad as Rita’s husband, David, a professor at UCLA, was…

You see, but you do not observe – By Barbara Steinberg.

You see, but you do not observe – By Barbara Steinberg.

Recently a very nice Art Nouveau back comb sold on E-Bay for a little less than the $2400 Buy-It-Now price. Dimensions: 6 inches wide by 5 1/2 inches high. The subject was Sycamore-maple-leaf seeds. The comb was made from horn with pearl seeds and signed, illegibly, with the number 14 next to the signature. At…

Paris Auction of Ethnic Jewellery 12th Feb 2014

Paris Auction of Ethnic Jewellery 12th Feb 2014

  Leaving the UK at 4.45 am in the middle of a serious weather event to catch a train going under the sea and all of the storms and floods may have seemed more surreal were I not so sleep deprived! The Eurostar seat was beckoning as a great place for a much needed sleep…

The Global City – A book launch at the Mayfair Gallery of Michael Backman. Review and comment by Sarah Corbett.

The Global City – A book launch at the Mayfair Gallery of Michael Backman. Review and comment by Sarah Corbett.

by Annemarie Jordan Gschwend  (Editor), K.J.P. Lowe (Editor) Publisher: Paul Holberton Publishing (December 19, 2015) ISBN-13: 978-1907372889 A bridge between the world of the historian and the world of the collector. A concept which seems obvious, a concept which requires ‘two way traffic’. As one whose awarenesses are deeply rooted within the realm of collectors and gatherers, I frequently dip into…

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….

What is Amber? By Sarah Corbett

What is Amber? By Sarah Corbett

Found all over the world, Amber is a fossilised tree resin. Not only prized for it’s obvious aesthetic properties, Amber has long been associated with magical power. Thus becoming favoured as a medium with which to create charms and amulets to protect the wearer from ‘bad’ spirits. Resin is present in trees , and protects…

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 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…

Scented Paste beads of North Africa by Leonor Arnó

Scented Paste beads of North Africa by Leonor Arnó

  There’s a type of adornment in Northern Africa that is well known in all Maghreb: the scented beads necklace, called “Skhab”, which has a symbolic and ritual meaning, due to the perfume it exhaled. It is mainly used in Algeria and Tunisia, while in Morocco, the used of cloves for the same purposes is…

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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…