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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Sir Marc Aurel Stein (1862-1943) –  Trade Routes..The Silk Road

Sir Marc Aurel Stein (1862-1943) – Trade Routes..The Silk Road

Sir Marc Aurel Stein (1862-1943) was born in Budapest in 1862. He studied Sanskrit, Old Persian, Indology and philology at the universities of Vienna, Leipzig and Tübingen, and map-making as part of his military service in Budapest, before setting out for a career in India. His formal positions from 1888 onwards were as registrar of…

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…

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….

Kara and Kirpan

Kara and Kirpan

  In 1699 Guru Gobind Singh, the 10th Guru of Sikhism, created the Khalsa Panth at Anandpur Sahib. This occasion transformed Sikhs into a family of soldier saints. During the transformative festival Guru Gobind Singh came out of a tent holding a sword, and challenged any Sikh who was prepared to give his life to…

The Fibula. By Sarah Corbett

The Fibula. By Sarah Corbett

  The fibula is an ancient form of brooch which is not only decorative, but also has a practical purpose as a fastener for clothing. The first fibula is seen in the late Bronze age. The style is known as the ‘Violin Bow Fibula’ and is the first recorded replacement for the straight pins which…

Ineke Hemmiga and the Tuareg – Blue men of the Sahara

Ineke Hemmiga and the Tuareg – Blue men of the Sahara

Rarely do people evolve their identity and live the connection between Europe and Africa. Ineke Hemminga, a Dutch national has lived and worked with the Tuareg in Mali. Adopted by the Inaden, the artisan-silversmith caste of the Tuareg, Ineke travelled the Sahara , fascinated by theTuaregs’ nomadic lifestyle threatened on all sides by extinction against the collateral damage…

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…

Ethiopian Hairpins – one of my  passions  – Eva Baby

Ethiopian Hairpins – one of my passions – Eva Baby

How did it  start? What makes someone collect Ethiopian hairpins? My favourite  areas have always been the Sahara, even as a child, I dreamed of going there and riding on camels through the sand. Of course  the Tuareg culture found its way to me, I  read  about it, got to know  Tuareg who lived in…

Ciara Bowles – Designer

Ciara Bowles – Designer

Ciara Bowles Contemporary Jewellery was started by Ciara herself in 2013. Based in East London, she creates bold, colourful statement jewellery that is influenced by her love of pattern, colour and natural form. This is her first seasonal collection, which has been influenced by the experience she has gained working for jewellers and fashion houses…

Bizzari Jewel Design

Bizzari Jewel Design

Jewelry seems quite uncomplicated. It’s a shiny piece that you wear around your neck, wrist or fingers, or even dangle from your ears. It’s pretty simple and it delights you. But when the same precious gemstones and metals are used in making jewelry across cultures, jewelry becomes a cross-cultural dialog of unexpected pleasures. Jewelry designers…

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….

Enamelling as a guide to date

Enamelling as a guide to date

Enamelling is the technique of using molten glass to fill areas on metal jewellery between wires to create decorative coloured jewels. Add to the beautiful colours the belief that these beads were made by the gods and therefore would protect, the need to continue to use and wear damaged pieces of larger beads adds to the…

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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