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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Neissing

Neissing

For 140 years, people have been conceiving, creating, and producing jewelry at Niessing in Vreden. Niessing was originally founded as a workshop for devotional objects, with wedding rings also being produced beside ecclesiastical ornaments. Today, Niessing is one of the top manufacturers of premium, contemporary German jewellery design. 1873 Hermann Niessing starts a jewellery factory…

Melanie Eddy

Melanie Eddy

From her London studio Melanie combines traditional approaches with new applications, creating sculptural jewellery that uses geometry as a tool to explore the relationship of form to the body. An independent jewellery designer/maker with an individual style of jewellery handmade in precious metals to a very high standard she specialises in a bespoke service. Melanie…

Pafta Belts of the Balkans. By Gratiela Buzic.

Pafta Belts of the Balkans. By Gratiela Buzic.

  Belts and buckles : who wore them and why? Belts with metal buckles have been very popular items in the female dress style in the Balkans sincethe XVIII th century and their popularity was believed to came as Ottoman influence in the area. Even the word used to name the metal buckles comes from…

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…

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…

The Frances Wright Collection

The Frances Wright Collection

Many women practice their art secretly. Emily Dickinson had fewer than 12 poems published in her lifetime until her sister Lavinia discovered 1800 of them in a locked chest after she died. Jane Austen was first published anonymously. Collecting is also an art. To do it well, you must have an encyclopedic knowledge of the…

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…

Henna History

Henna History

Henna (Lawsonia inermis, also known as hina, the henna tree, the mignonette tree, and the Egyptian privet) is a flowering plant and the sole species of the Lawsonia genus. The English name “henna” comes from the Arabic loosely pronounced as ħinna. The name henna also refers to the dye prepared from the plant and the art of temporary tattooing based on those dyes. Henna has been used since antiquity to dye skin, hair,…

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…

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…

Tensifa – Tetouan Morocco by Sarah Corbett

Tensifa – Tetouan Morocco by Sarah Corbett

Tetouan is a town in Northern Morocco with Strong Historical links to Grenada. In 1492 the Nasrid dynasty surrendered their rule of the Emirate of Granada. The surrender led to the mass arrival in Tetouan of those fleeing Spain. Moors who were of diverse religious and ethnic groups arrived in great numbers following an agreement…

Dawn Wilson-Enoch – Designer

Dawn Wilson-Enoch – Designer

The desert has always called me.I’m a lover of desert places, a creator of talismans, a bridger of worlds, a desert dweller. I live on desert light. My home and studio, shared with my husband and two cats, is in Northern New Mexico. I work with the textures, shapes, and colors of desert places, making…

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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