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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Tillya Kosh Bridal forehead decoration

Tillya Kosh Bridal forehead decoration

There existed in the 19th century in Bukhara the largest and finest collective of Islamic Artists and craftsmen. The region around Bukhara has been inhabited for at least five millennia, and the city has existed for half that time. Located on the Silk Road the city has long been a center of trade, scholarship, culture,…

MAPUCHE TRADITIONAL ADORNMENT by Leonor Arnó

MAPUCHE TRADITIONAL ADORNMENT by Leonor Arnó

Mapuche ethnic adornment is the great unknown for lovers of ethnic jewelry. Being a silversmith work without major technical challenges, it has great aesthetic strength for the simplicity of its shapes and the great originality of its designs. The Mapuche people live on the Andes Mountains, straddling Argentina and Chile, between the Aconcagua River and…

Daniella Dobesova – Designer

Daniella Dobesova – Designer

Daniela trained at The College of Art and Design in her home city of Prague, later continuing her studies in Jewellery Design at Richmond College of Art in London, where after graduation in 2003 she became an artist in residence. Whilst at Richmond her designs started to gain a reputation for innovation & originality in…

Chinese Gold Jewelry  –  by Barbara Steinberg

Chinese Gold Jewelry – by Barbara Steinberg

  To elaborate on the development of Chinese gold jewelry, I had to take an archaeological journey from the Shang Dynasty (1766 – 1122 B.C.) to the Qing Dynasty (1644 – 1911 A.D.). Looking at the maps of the region in the two time periods it was clear that China started out small. Amid tribal…

Designer –  Anna Holland

Designer – Anna Holland

  Over the years, I have been drawn to the study of antique and ancient beads and artifacts.   The impetus and inspiration for my jewelry designs is fed by the fascinating history and stories behind these pieces of stone, shell, glass, and metal that are decades, centuries and, at times, millennia old. My unique…

#Jezwecan and the adornment of Unity- by Sarah Corbett

#Jezwecan and the adornment of Unity- by Sarah Corbett

Jewellery has been used as a tool of communication throughout history. Jewellery has the ability to convey a message to others. During certain points in history jewellery became a clear and definite statement of a political movement. In the Uk in 1903 Emmeline Pankhurst founded the Women’s Social and Political Union, she developed a new…

Helping others through the art of Adornment

Helping others through the art of Adornment

  Kadambari Jewels. – “ If you want to own something nobody else will have …” Kadambari is the creative expression of Rashantha Devanesan who has been designing and crafting Kadambari jewels since 2008. Kadambari’s collections reflect the rich heritage of the Silk Road and Asia, combining genuine antique pendants and beads with semi-precious and…

Review- The Pitt Rivers Museum- Oxford- UK

Review- The Pitt Rivers Museum- Oxford- UK

The collection of the General Pitt Rivers, a 19th century soldier and scholar is a wonderful sensory onslaught. His thirst to discover and to develop his understanding of human development oozes from a plethora of cabinets. The organizational system is an arrangement which tells us something of the quests and concepts which clearly delighted him….

Hanbok

Hanbok

The Hanbok is traditionally worn by Korean people. It was worn on a daily basis until around 100 years ago. The earliest evidence of this style of dress is found in the Koguya tombs, which are the only surviving remains of the Koguryo kingdom, which existed between the 3rd century BC and 7th century AD. The…

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…

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,…

The Himba – Namibia. By Sarah Corbett

The Himba – Namibia. By Sarah Corbett

  The Himba of Northern Namibia are and ancient tribe. These visually stunning people survive by herding cattle and goats. Their lifestyle has changed little since the 16th century, and they continue to dwell in small settlements, enduring droughts and surviving conflicts. Their existence is perpetuated through tribal structures in on of Earth’s most inhospitable…

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…