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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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…

Taikomochi of Japan

Taikomochi of Japan

The original Geisha of Japan were called Taikomochi or Hokan. They were men. The word Hokan means a jester, and the word Taikomochi means drum beater. The Taikomochi were jesters, musicians, singers and story tellers. They entertained their feudal lords in 13th Century Japan. Taikomochi were connoisseurs of the Arts and masters of the tea…

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…

Kayan People Burma by Sarah Corbett

Kayan People Burma by Sarah Corbett

The Kayan people are a Tibeto – Burman ethnic minority of Burma. They consist of six tribal groups. The women of these tribal groups identify themselves by their form of dress. Many of the Kayan peoples are now living in Thailand due to conflict in Burma. Amongst the six tribal groups the best known, due…

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…

Josephine Nirmala Designer

Josephine Nirmala Designer

Having lived in Kenya for most of my formative years I had always been surrounded by beaded jewellery. My mother had her own collection of beaded necklaces in every colour of the rainbow, right from malachite & tigers eye to obsidian & coral. As a child, these colourful beads were no more than just colourful…

Ashanti Gold by Sarah Corbett

Ashanti Gold by Sarah Corbett

The great kingdom of Ashanti was built upon the golden riches which lay beneath it’s soil. The Ashanti Kingdoms began to develop in the mid 16th century, and by the 17th century Ashanti was becoming established as an expanding power and by the middle of the 19th century Ashanti controlled most of the area which…

Woad in the UK

Woad in the UK

Woad is a flowering plant of the Brassicaceae family which produces blue colouring. It has been produced since the stone age, with two distinct varieties, the European (Isatis Tinctoria) and the Asian ( Indigofera Tinctoria). Woad is one of the main plant dyes of the European dying industries along with weld which produces Yellow dye…

Native American Powwow Tradition Celebrated in Pictures and Pride

Native American Powwow Tradition Celebrated in Pictures and Pride

“I dance to give thanks to Great Grandfather for giving us wonderful things–songs and dances, animals, birds, creatures, and insects; trees and plants and all human beings,” says Fabian Fontenelle, a powwow dancer of Omaha and Zuni descent. They hit upon the idea of photographing an American Indian, a descendant of the first people to…

The personal story of the Friesian signets and watch key set.  By Bridget Veldhuis

The personal story of the Friesian signets and watch key set. By Bridget Veldhuis

Holland has a rich variety in traditional styles of dress in province from north to south, east to west. Friesland is a province in the north of the Netherlands. This is the story told by my mother. She learned this from her silversmith grandfather many years ago: Men, as in many cultures, were adorning their…

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….

Adornment, the start of the story! By Sarah Corbett

Adornment, the start of the story! By Sarah Corbett

  Jewellery has been documented for at least 7000 years of man’s existence and recent discoveries of shell beads in a cave in Morocco date back 111,000 years, a yet more recent discovery in Israel pre-dates this Moroccan find by 35,000 years! So it really seems that the drive to adorn has always been with…

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…