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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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…

Nose Rings in Pre-Columbian Civilizations  By Barbara Steinberg

Nose Rings in Pre-Columbian Civilizations By Barbara Steinberg

Civilizations are finite. Time, climate change, conquerors, and assimilation transform peoples.  Blood mixes. Ideas meld. The center cannot hold.  Beginning around 900 BC, many cultures thrived on the central-western coasts of Peru, Ecuador, and Colombia before the rise of the Inca Empire in the 13th Century, and Francisco Pizarro’s first victory of the Spanish Conquest at…

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….

Auguste Bonaz in the Machine by The Creative Museum

Auguste Bonaz in the Machine by The Creative Museum

The Industrial Revolution was built on the invention of new materials. Machines allowed them to be mass produced into cheap products, quickly. The exploitation of sweatshop laborers had a profound impact on society. Plastic comb making was no exception. In America, the most famous factory was in Leominster, Massachusetts. In France, combs were made in…

Puabi: Queen of Ur

Puabi: Queen of Ur

During the first dynasty of Ur (Ca 2600 BCE) a women priestess or queen lived. Ur was an important Sumerian city-state, which is located in Mesopotamia which is present day Iraq. Puabi is sometimes called Shubad, however this translation from the Akkadiam language was later found to be incorrect. Her tomb was discovered by Leonard…

Travelling for Jewels – Morocco with Sarah Corbett

Travelling for Jewels – Morocco with Sarah Corbett

  My journey with jewellery started in a tiny High Atlas village in Morocco around 10 years ago. I was running a company which set up fair trade co-operatives, and visited artisans in remote locations regularly. Occasionally women would ask to sell jewellery to me to raise funds to deal with various needs, such as…

Collection Bestiaire and A Sense of Time – Jessica Beauchemin

Collection Bestiaire and A Sense of Time – Jessica Beauchemin

Excessive research forms an integral part of my creative work. In the Fall of 2011, a research project gave me the chance to realize a goal. I learned to work with three traditional materials of animal origin: the stingray, feathers, and mother of pearl. This project allowed me to master and integrate these materials into…

Siam silver – Ya Thom by Sarah Corbett

Siam silver – Ya Thom by Sarah Corbett

Siam silver is a style of silver jewellery usually with niello décor, although brightly coloured or white enamel is also seen. We have previously discussed the technique of niello décor CLICK HERE   to read more The niello of Siam / Thailand has a fine quality and a particular lustre. Siam silver was very popular with…

Rene Lalique. By Sarah Corbett

Rene Lalique. By Sarah Corbett

Art Nouveau was a movement in the visual arts which was popular from the early 1890’s up to the first world war. It is viewed by some as the first self conscious attempt to create a modern style. A leading name in the field of Art Nouveau design was glass designer Rene Lalique. Born in…

Guedra by Sarah Corbett

Guedra by Sarah Corbett

The word Guedra represents several aspects of a form of dance which is particular to Southern Morocco, Mauritania and Algeria. The primary meaning is cooking pot, when this pot is covered with a stretched leather skin to create a drum, the drum is also known as Guedra. When the drummer plays a beat representing a…

Mud cloth Bogolan

Mud cloth Bogolan

Mud cloth is a type of fabric which is made by the Bamana peoples of Mali in West Africa. The cotton fabric is woven in strips by men and is subsequently dyed by the women using an iron rich clay slip which is collected from riverbeds and fermented. Jars of Bogolan (fermented slip) are stored…

Aggrab Al Fadda Beads by Sarah Corbett

Aggrab Al Fadda Beads by Sarah Corbett

  Sometimes in the world of bead collecting a style of bead comes to the foreground in terms of interest and desirability. In recent years the Aggrab Al fadda bead has been that specimen. This silver hollow bead is from Mauritania. The term Aggrab means bag, Al Fadda denotes a bag made from the body…

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…