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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Belonging and Belongings in the Land of the Iceni – Natasha Harlow

Belonging and Belongings in the Land of the Iceni – Natasha Harlow

This paper explores the social and cultural transitions which occurred during the late Iron Age and early Roman periods (circa 100 BCE-200 CE) in the modern counties of Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire. I discuss issues of identity (belonging) and how people may have responded to these changes through portable personal objects (belongings). I use the…

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…

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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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…

Mariko Samioka – Designer

Mariko Samioka – Designer

I feel awe and respect for natural and man-made objectswhich have been there and lived since ancient times. This idea is deeply rooted in my origin: Japanese culture and environments.The Japanese respect, understand and accept nature as one of their members. I am fascinated by Japanese traditional architecture,which is an essential part of human lives…

Seduced by Symbols: A Personal Perspective on Tuareg and Ethiopian Talismanic Jewelry – Lloyd D. Graham

Seduced by Symbols: A Personal Perspective on Tuareg and Ethiopian Talismanic Jewelry – Lloyd D. Graham

In February 2009, I bought a Tuareg “magic square” ring – actually, both my first and my favorite one – from an online gallery in the US, and shortly thereafter found myself having to explain to the enthusiastic vendor why I wasn’t also interested in buying an African divination box made from a monkey skull….

Rudraksha Beads

Rudraksha Beads

  Rudraksha is a large evergreen tree from Asia. The seeds of the tree are used to Make Mala ( prayer beads) A Mala consists of 108 beads and is used for repetitive prayers. It is a common aid to worship in Hinduism. The Rudraksha Mala has been used by Hindus ( as well as…

Capturing the characters of Morocco

Capturing the characters of Morocco

Leila Alaouis a French Moroccan Artist, her latest exhibition is a tribute to the rich ethnic and tribal identity of her native country. Her travels through the towns villages and cities of Morocco have been accompanied by her pop up photography studio, where she has created stunning portraits of those she has encountered in her…

Kelvin J. Birk

Kelvin J. Birk

Accomplished jeweller, Kelvin J. Birk has developed an intriguing collection of work where valuable gemstones are ruthlessly crushed and then reconstructed to create dynamic jewellery and objects. Following personal life experiences Kelvin comments “There is always destruction and loss but out of that come new things and a new order.”Consciously disregarding what is traditionally considered…

Mamuli by Sarah Corbett

Mamuli by Sarah Corbett

  The Mamuli hails from the island of Sumba in Eastern Indonesia, and is considered to be the most important of their golden ritual gift items. Originally worn by women and also sometimes by men in artificially elongated ear lobes. Mamuli are a fertility amulet and a part of the exchange of gifts prior to…

Headdresses from Ladakh – By Truus Daalder

Headdresses from Ladakh – By Truus Daalder

Between the Kunlun and Himalayan mountains, in the disputed territory of Jammu and Kashmir lies the kingdom of Ladakh. Its capital, Leh, was an important stop on the trade route between Buddhist Tibet to the east and Muslim Kashmir to the west. It was also important to merchants traveling between India and China. The region…

Alexander McQueen – By Barbara Steinberg

Alexander McQueen – By Barbara Steinberg

He flew — too high. “It’s a new era in fashion — there are no rules,” he stated as if everyone should obviously know. Polar opposites drew him, as much as he drew them in his sketchbook. “God is in the details.” The fashion industry imprisoned Lee Alexander McQueen in their treasured cocoon of exalted…

What is America to me? By Carving Cat

What is America to me? By Carving Cat

Nine thousand years removed From the scenes my ancestors loved, Blue-foam beach, abalone shell What is America to me? For the early part of my life, “race” defined quite a lot of the boundaries of my world. When you grew up poor AND brown, for some people in the United States (US), it was a…

The untruths we learned from the art of the Victorian Celtic Revival.

The untruths we learned from the art of the Victorian Celtic Revival.

The Celts were a branch of the Indo -Europeans. Proto Celtic people from the Balkans came to Central Europe in 2500 BC The earliest major Celtic settlement was in Hallstatt, Austria. The name Celt is derived from the Greek word Keltoi, meaning Barbarian. Those referred to by this name were not of one culture, but…

The Ouled Nail. Defense bracelets by Sarah Corbett

The Ouled Nail. Defense bracelets by Sarah Corbett

The Ouled Nail are a semi nomadic people living in the Saharan Atlas Mountains, They are believed to be Berber people who have been strongly influenced by Arab culture. They are mainly found in Djelfa, Biskra and M’sila provinces. The women of the Ouled Nail (Nailiyat) historically have a distinct style of bellydance called Bou…

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…